The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg

Many books and memoir been written on Auschwitz and Holocaust against Jews under the regime of Hitler and Nazi’s.

Joel C. Rosenberg latest book The Auschwitz Escape is a work of Historical fictional based on heroic escape from the Nazis which is both breathtaking and heartbreaking. Set in War II, the Nazi machine under Adolph Hitler has begun sweeping through Europe leaving bloodshed and devastation in its wake. But for non-Aryans caught in the cross-hairs of the war, a worst fate awaits them in the ovens of the Auschwitz death camp. It is Rosenberg’s most stirring and deeply moved book, based on actual events that took place 70 years ago. It is distressing tale of two young men arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi death camp in Poland. The Auschwitz Escape opens in the small, quiet community of Sedan, France on May 13, 1940. Historically speaking, Sedan, was ground zero for the German Panzer armies advancing into France.

The book is about two young men who find themselves in one of the most horrifying places that one can think of – Auschwitz. The very mention of the name send shiver down the spines in today’s time also. Holed up in a place that only spells doom, these most improbable of friends are determined to work out a daring and extremely risky plan to escape. Jean-Luc Leclerc, a French Protestant assistant pastor, who is sentenced to the Auschwitz death camp for helping Jews, joins forces with Jacob Weisz, a young seventeen-year-old Jewish boy sent to the camp after his attempt to hijack a train bound for Auschwitz fails. Their mission: to announce to a skeptical world about the pogrom implemented under Hitler’s Germany.

Will these two men manage to escape from the concentration camp? If they managed to escape, will they be succeed in their mission to alert about the massive killing of Jews & death machine of Nazi’s? The book is not only superbly crafted work of historical fiction but also touch of historical facts & events all over.
Established on documented information, the narrative is well written, fast paced and emotionally intense. Rosenberg knits a story that explores the dehumanization of the Jewish people and other non-Aryans under the brutality of the Nazi regime. Faith is the central plot of the book.  With “The Auschwitz Escape,” Rosenberg crafts an incredible thriller that I couldn’t afford to put down the novel for one second. Despite its sordid subject matter, Rosenberg handles the story with grace and clean language, drawing upon true accounts and several historical figures. The narrative focuses mostly on Jacob and his experiences, and despite the plethora of Holocaust books already published, this one is unique in its focus and approach. It teaches that even in the darkest hours, there is hope and a place for miracles. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction, Holocaust and WWII literature, and heart-pounding suspense will find “The Auschwitz Escape” a must-read.

Rating: 4.5/5














A quote from the book, “I do believe in people. In their strength to help each other, and to thrive in spite of the odds.” This book made me think that whether I would have survived in those terrible times. We can’t imagine having our family ripped away from us and then to try and carry on day to day life under normal circumstances let alone horrific ones.

Jodi Picoult  has undertaken yet another serious issue (forgiveness) in her book- The Storyteller. Alike in her all books things are way little more complicated than usual, and there her wow-didn’t see that coming twist as well. In The Stroyteller she takes difficult topics like trauma, fear, justice and forgiveness, and makes you feel every blow through her three dimensional characters.

Lead of the book Sage Singer is a lonely girl, who works as a baker in night shift only. She only befriends few people, hardly talking to any customer, always staying behind in the store where she works. She has dreadful scar on her face, something she struggle to dealt – psychological and physically- everyday in her life.  All the way through one can smell Sage’s bread, the breads which were taught to her by her Jewish grandmother. Over the time she develops an unlikely friendship with an elderly customer- Joseph Weber. One day in a complete surprise, Joseph ask Sage to kill him. Why kill him, because he can’t live with the memories his past, what he has done in past. Joseph’s story- Sage’s grandmother’s story, a victim and survivor of Auschwitz- are shocking and confronting.

One can compare this book with “just” another Holocaust book, but with slight different.  Jodi Picoult  writing is so welcoming, piercing and yet beautiful that for a while your heart breaks into million pieces while reading the horrifying acts in Auschwitz. There’s no doubt that what happened to the Jews was horrifying and a testament to the monstrous side of mankind, but when you read Picoult’s  work, you don’t just think “wow, this is horrible” – you feel it, and you remember it, and youresolve that such crimes should never be allowed to happen again.

Rating:  3.5/5