The Auschwitz Escape, scheduled to release March 18, unlike Joel Rosenberg's other novels, is an inspired work of historical fiction based on the "greatest escape of all time," writes Rosenberg. It's the story of two men sentenced to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps who escape to warn the world of what the "final solution" really means—death in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Gas Chamber. They carry with them documents the world would come to know as the Auschwitz Protocols.
The riveting, multi-layered story includes an idealistic young man, a pastor, German Jews and men and women of France who sacrificed to save them. Although a narrative of death, grim persecution and heartbreak, moments of hope inspired heroism are riveting. The story begins in 1940's France, where, writes Rosenberg, no one realizes "Evil unchecked, is the prelude to genocide."
Jacob, one of the main characters, is an underground freedom fighter involved in "a rescue operation that went horribly wrong." While some of the Jewish prisoners escaped the trains cattle car, Jacob remains trapped inside with those who didn't escape. Pastor Luc, the other main character, is arrested by the Gestapo, beaten and sentenced to Auschwitz for "helping Jews" escape. Their riveting story plays out against the concentration camp of Auschwitz.
Rosenberg adds realism with historical facts, such as Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9417 "for the rescue and relief of victims of enemy oppression." And the burning of German Jewish poet, Christian Johann Heinrich Heine books in 1933. Who had written "wherever they burn books, in the end will also burn human beings."
Rosenberg's realistic characterizations and nail-biting events enhance a segment of history few lived to tell about with a fictionalized account of courage and faith that reveals the resilience of the human spirit. "The Auschwitz Escape" is thought-provoking, unforgettable and guaranteed not to disappoint.
'The Auschwitz Escape' by Joel Rosenberg, Tyndale House Publishers—Releases March 18, 2014, Hardcover, 480 Pages, 978-1414336244, $26.99
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