With unspeakable violence escalating against his fellow Jews, Jacob Weisz joins rebel forces working to undermine the Nazi regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, he's shipped to a death camp. With the fate of millions in the balance, can Jacob manage an against-all-odds escape---and alert the world to Hitler's actions?
Evil, unchecked, is the prelude to genocide.
As the Nazi war machine rolls across Europe, young Jacob Weisz is forced to flee his beloved Germany and join an underground resistance group in Belgium. But when a rescue operation goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself trapped in a crowded cattle car headed to southern Poland.
Sentenced to hard labor in the Auschwitz labor camp, Jacob forms an unlikely alliance with Jean-Luc Leclerc, a former assistant pastor who was imprisoned for helping Jews. Theyve been chosen for one of the most daring and dangerous feats imaginableescape from Auschwitz. With no regard for their own safety, they must make it to the West and alert the Allies to the awful truth of what is happening in Poland before Fascism overtakes all of Europe. The fate of millions hangs in the balance.
The strong religious conviction evident in Rosenbergs previous novels (Damascus Countdown), which were focused on the Middle East and Muslim-Western relations, is reflected in his latest book, [The Auschwitz Escape,] a work of historical fiction, about a heroic escape from the Nazis.
Luc, a French pastor, who is sentenced to the Auschwitz death camp for helping Jews, joins forces with Jacob, a Jewish man sent to the camp after his attempt to hijack a train bound for Auschwitz fails. Together they plan to escape to tell an unbelieving world about the Holocaust.
During the escape, the two form a strong bond, learning about each others faith and doubts. When Jacob questions why Luc has joined the Resistance, the pastor responds, The real question is Why arent all the Christians here?
Rosenberg has done what he does best: create believable characters set in a political milieu and also in religious context, acting on conviction or exploiting religion for selfish or evil ends.
This is Rosenbergs most deeply moving work to date.
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