- Paperback: 146 pages
- Publisher: Hamilton Books (March 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761836918
- ISBN-13: 978-0761836919
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,536,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Escape to Freedom
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A moving story of defying the nightmare of the Holocaust, escaping to freedom, and retaining the strength to build a purposeful new life. (George Salton)
The Species ought to be grateful that Leon Rubinstein's memory is so sharp and his writing so strong. (Daniel A. Rose)
Rubinstein...brings attention to what he calls 'the ultimate obscenity of mankind'...The whole saga of his narrow escape is spellbinding. (Tom Collins The Palm Beach Post)
Leon Rubinstein's Escape to Freedom is something above and beyond a conventional Holocaust memoir. ...the story itself would make a great movie. ...He talks frequently to school groups, so that they may understand the events of 60 and 70 years ago directly, in a way that will leave no room for doubt. (Scott Eyman, Books Editor The Palm Beach Post)
In a testimony at once incredible and truthful, Leon Rubinstein weaves the facts of history with his own personal history, building a positive vision of tolerance and understanding for future generations. More than a Holocaust memoir, Escape to Freedom is a loving lesson in the moral energy of memory. Rubinstein's compelling story is entirely engaging on every level. (Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, Rutgers University)
From the Back Cover
As a ten-year-old child, Leon Rubinstein fled Germany with his parents in 1933 to Luxembourg and then Belgium, which they fled again on the morning of the Nazi invasion. They dwelt quietly as refugees in the south of France until the Vichy government began its roundup of foreign Jews for deportation. After his father's arrest, Leon endeavors to save himself and his mother with a daring journey to the border towns of southeastern France. Among their encounters, they hitch a ride with German SS officers, while disguising their identities. Their arduous journey leads them to Switzerland, where the memoir provides a rare look at the lives of Jewish refugees in the Swiss work camps.
Throughout this deeply felt story is Rubinstein's awareness of his transformation from adolescence to young manhood amid the catastrophic losses and dislocations of the war years in Europe. His personal story resonates with anyone who remembers discovering love, as well as the necessity of choices and sacrifices.