Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg

The Auschwitz Escape
Joel C. Rosenberg

Tyndale House
Pages:  480


As the Nazi war machine rolls across Europe, Jacob Weisz if forced to flee Germany and join an underground resistance group in Belgium.  In occupied France, assistant pastor Jean-Luc Leclerc and his wife find themselves the accidental organizers of a relief movement involving their entire town, as Jews from all all over Europe arrive at their door, hoping for shelter from the growing threat from the Nazi war machine.

WWII finds both  Jacob and Jean-Luc living in a nightmare, both ending up in Auschwitz and sentenced to hard labor.   The unlikely pair, a Protestant pastor and the Jewish freedom fighter, are chosen to to risk a most daring and dangerous feat - escape from Auschwitz.  How will they get out, only a handful of escapees have made it in the past. In their quest to tell the world about the Nazi's Final Solution, they will risk it all.

My Thoughts:

I found this novel to be very compelling - a real page turner.  Jacob and Jean-Luc are both very believable characters and one that you really cared about.  Rosenberg did a wonderful job of creating a fictionalized account of a truly horrible time in the lives of the Jewish people in Europe.  The trip thought Auschwitz and the Nazi machine was horrific and very close to factual accounts of the concentration camps.  Mr. Rosenberg used the true stories to create and his fictionalized account of life inside Auschwitz very successfully.

You very much wanted and anticipated the escape of Jacob and Jean-Luc to succeed to end the horrors of Auschwitz.

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