The Auschwitz Escape

The Auschwitz Escape

eBook - 2014
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2014 finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards! A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz's beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans-especially Jews like Jacob and his family-are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare-trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp. As World War II rages and Hitler begins implementing his "final solution" to systematically and ruthlessly exterminate the Jewish people, Jacob must rely on his wits and a God he's not sure he believes in to somehow escape from Auschwitz and alert the world to the Nazi's atrocities before Fascism overtakes all of Europe. The fate of millions hangs in the balance.
Publisher: [United States] : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9781414390727
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Apr 22, 2019

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Apr 03, 2017

Five out of five stars on how realistic and amazing and fun to read it was I chose this book for a project in my class and I was not looking forward to having a deadline and being FORCED to read a book even though I love books I don't like to read them when I am forced to and I have a deadline but this book made it actually really fun for my class assignment!

TSCPL_Librarian_Deb Dec 07, 2016

Did people really escape from the Auschwitz concentration camp? Yes they did, and this book is a fictionalized tale based on the real events. It follows a man named Jacob who is just a teenager when we first meet him in pre-war Germany. Jacob's Jewish family is undergoing a lot of debate about the events that are happening all around them, his father thinks that their good German family is in no danger, that the warnings of Jacob's uncle about the government turning against them are crazy speculations. When his family is targeted Jacob is forced to flee and he runs to his Uncle's cabin. He discovers that his Uncle is a member of the newly formed resistance movement and Jacob quickly becomes a part of it as well. He travels to France and while they are working there they find out about the death camps the Nazi's are sending Jews too. Jacob feels that he must do something to stop this and he, his uncle, and his closest friends attack a train that is taking people to Auschwitz. They do manage to help some people escape, but in the process Jacob gets caught on the train. From then on the story leads gradually to how Jacob participates in the secret resistance movement that was inside the camp--which included plans that lead to prisoners escaping.
It was very easy to get wrapped up in the action of this book, and to also wonder about the historical events upon which it as based. I had to stop and look up some of them to check the facts against the events portrayed in the book, which it was basically true to (some of the timelines were altered just a bit, as the author explains in an appendix at the end of the novel). I enjoyed the learning more about history in this way. You could also see how Jacob's experiences changed him throughout the book which made following his journey more interesting and believable I'd definitely recommend this to fans of historical fiction, it brings out yet another aspect of World War II history that not everyone knows about.

Apr 06, 2015

This was my first read by this author and I enjoyed the blend of fiction and utterly captivating history. Learned something new and shocking about Martin Luther and it inspired further research. Would recommend.

nazzoh Mar 07, 2015

Truly one of the worst books I read in years. Poorly written, poorly researched, one dimensional characters, plot holes so large one could drive a tank through them to coin a cliché. I saw this title under Historical fiction for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards and it sounded like an interesting read. How this made an award list is beyond my comprehension.

Jan 19, 2015

Was a pretty good read until it started to get religious in the last quarter.

Nov 06, 2014

Fast-paced, historical thriller that pulled me in and wouldn't let go. Sadly, this book is populated with mostly 1-dimensional characters and lots of timely coincidences, which ultimately weakened the story for me. But, if you want a fast, thrilling read, you could do much worse.

d2013 Oct 05, 2014

Great author. The story is suspenseful and extremely well done. Although this is an historical fiction novel it reads like a true story. Captivating indeed!

Sep 11, 2014

My first time reading anything by this author. I extremely enjoyed this book, a real page turner.

NYPLRecommends Sep 04, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Two individual stories are impacted and dangerously connected as Jean-Luc, a pastor from a small countryside village in Nazi-controlled France convicted of harboring Jews, and Jacob, a Jewish young adult from Germany who joins a resistance movement, join forces to survive and escape the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp to expose the unchecked atrocities and mass murder to the world.
- Sherise Pagan, Grand Concourse

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May 30, 2016

My husband I both read this book and found it compelling and interesting. We will read more by this author. We appreciated the absence of foul language.

Jul 01, 2014

This is a great book about Auschwitz, and the struggle people had to go through to survive.

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Jan 25, 2017

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