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The Auschwitz Escape

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  13,248 ratings  ·  1,464 reviews
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 underm

Hardcover, 468 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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Douglas And This book is definitely HISTORICAL, in that the Holocaust truly happened in our lifetime, and is one of history's most devastating and incrimating tim…moreThis book is definitely HISTORICAL, in that the Holocaust truly happened in our lifetime, and is one of history's most devastating and incrimating times of mankind. Everyone should read this book, so that "history" will not repeat itself. It should be required reading in our schools. It is FICTIONAL, only because the characters that Rosenberg uses in his script are only similar to the real life Jews who died and those few who miraculously escaped the ovens of Hitler's hatred. All members of our immediated families have read this book----both men and women. We love all of Joel Rosenberg's books!(less)
Aubrey Shick My sister read this as a thirteen-year-old, and I believe it is something that should be openly discussed between parents and their children. If she's…moreMy sister read this as a thirteen-year-old, and I believe it is something that should be openly discussed between parents and their children. If she's mature for her age, I would advise you to go completely for it! I would recommend however that maybe you take the time to read through it, even if it's just thumbing through the pages, and see if it's something that she would be okay with.

I feel that there is a bit of irony that there are video games and movies that are much more violent and we voluntarily allow our children to watch them but worry about something that actually happened in history.

Anyway, I don't mean to condemn or judge anyone, but I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who asked.(less)

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Lauren Hopkins
Jan 15, 2015 rated it did not like it

According to Joel C. Rosenberg, it's okay that 6 million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis because not *ALL* of the Jews died. God got the Jews through it, just like he saw them through Egyptian slavery! Sure, he only managed to save like 10% max of those who went into concentration camps, but it's all good. Because he came through at the end! You know, after the Nazis had nearly finished what they set out to do, effectively wiping out Europe's entire Jewish populatio
Kat Dominitz
Jun 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
I found this book to be poorly written; it reads like a 500 page synopsis. The author spells everything out for the reader, the book is almost solely comprised of cliches, and the depth in character development is very limited. Also, I didn't find the writing clever or witty. This book brings nothing new to the table; we've all heard the facts and know the story. I think what the author was trying to accomplish was to write a story about a mans journey to becoming a Christian during this dark pe ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many fantastic novels centering around WWII... unfortunately, this was not one of them. It was evident in the lack of depth in the characters and some dialogue issues that this was a departure from Rosenbergs usual writing genre. I do realize that this was a very personal novel for Rosenberg and I commend him for his efforts. Good story, but bad execution. Honestly, I just became bored about 3/4 of the way through. Bummer... emoji sad face.
Another nail-biter by one of my favorite authors! I loved this book! I just simply couldn't put it down! I read it in less than a week! I kept thinking that it was a true story. It was truly a work of history and suspense. A hard book to write I'm sure! The author did a marvelous job taking true facts and weaving a fictitious character into them without sacrificing the true history. I love World War Two, and this book did not disappoint! It was heart wrenching and accurate. I am looking forward ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Where books are burned, they will, in the end, burn people too."

After a failed attempt by the freedom fighters to release the captured Jews from the disgusting cattle cars, young Jacob Weisz finds himself locked inside and on his way to the dreaded hard labor camp of Auschwitz where within its evil barbed wire, he thinks of nothing but escape.

As he witnesses the brutality, sees the emaciated walking skeletons and learns the true secrets of the death factory it is, he questions his faith in God

Rosenberg has written an outstanding novel that was able to move me to tears, as if I was reading a memoir written by an actual escapee of Auschwitz. 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. So much for thinking the Meginot Line was impenetrable and that Germany would not venture through the Ardennes Forest, protecting France. Germany circumvented th ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Less than 150 people escaped from Auschwitz. Rosenberg has meticulously researched the facts about those escapes and used the one by Rudolf Vrba, hiding in a pile of wood outside of the electrified fences and waiting for searches to end after three days, as the method for the protagonist, Jacob Weisz, to get free along with a Christian pastor (Jean-Luc LeClerc), who helped Jewish refugees fleeing Vichy France. Their mission was timed to warn of the plans to eliminate all of the Hungarian Jews at ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mr. Rosenberg, about whom I've become a big fan, snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat with this one. I've complained before about his amateurish writing style and I could complain again with this one but I've learned that if you just stick with him the quality of his story telling will overcome. The title of the book tells you about all you need to know about the main plot but the characters you meet make it special and once you read the Author's Note at the end you realize
this is historic
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Joel C. Rosenberg's novels, his latest book "The Auschwitz Escape" is not only one of his finest achievements but one of the most explosive and chilling stories I've read. 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 crosshairs of the war, a worst fate awaits them in the ovens of the Auschwitz death camp.

This is the story of Jacob Weisz, who after the death of his
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: world-war-ii
This book started really well but by the end I had lost focus. It was very informative of what was happening in the concentration camps but in comparison to other WWII books I've read, this one lacked the intensity. It's still shocking what the Jews went through and this book definitely brings all that to light. I would recommend this to a reader that wants to know more about the concentration camps but doesn't want too graphic details or inappropriate language used in the text. The author is ve ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good." Epic in scope, Joel Rosenberg’s “The Auschwitz Escape” is a work of historical fiction that is both breathtaking and heartbreaking. Young and naïve Jacob Wiesz, guided by his beloved Uncle Avi, joins the Resistance movement in Belgium after he is forced to flee his native Germany. Meanwhile, Jean-Luc Leclerc, an assistant pastor in Vichy France, answers God’s call to love his neighbor and the Jewish people by helping as many of them es ...more
Alicia Ruggieri
I've been curious about Joel C. Rosenberg's books for about a decade or more; I think it was time I finally read one, don't you? :-) I found The Auschwitz Escape at my local library, and I'm so glad that I did end up taking it out!
Though Rosenberg's writing is not "poetic", it is fast-paced, matter-of-fact, and bare-bones-but-enough, if that makes sense. I flew through this book, finishing it in less than 24 hours, and actually finishing the last page at 2 in the morning. After a certain point,
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Rosenberg's latest novel is both a non-stop thrill and a desolate reflection on one of history's greatest ignorances. Jean-Luc Leclerc, a pastor from France accused of harbouring Jews, and Jacob Weisz, a Jew in Germany who joined the Resistance, are sent to the Auschwitz death camp for their respective acts after being caught by the Nazis. Neither is resentful for their actions, though their fear mounts when they learn more about what the Nazis have been doing in the depths of Poland and how the ...more
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read this on the recommendation of a friend, but I was very disappointed. The subject matter, Auschwitz death/concentration camp, was gripping but the plot is full of holes and the story and ending is predictable. The characters ring pretty flat, too. The writing was amazingly bad ("his leg hurt something terrible"). I won't be reading this author again. ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Auschwitz Escape by Joel Rosenberg was no easy read and what I mean by that is the true, historical value this book has hurts to read. What happened during World War II are not easy tales and facts to hear. It’s devastating and heart-breaking. It’s horrific and gut-wrenching.
The Auschwitz Escape details the life of Jacob Weisz and the harrowing story as he fights in the resistance and lives through the horrors of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp.
The details are gruesome and hard to stomach, I w
Freda Malone
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anytime I read a Holocaust story, true or fictional, I am thankful that I did not live in that time or anywhere close to the area where genocide was happening. The more I read about this, the more I realize there were too few heroes who made the choice to change an outcome. Whether it be harboring the Jewish people, sneaking them out of the country, raising money for a resistance, or bombing the train tracks. It was never enough and never quick enough. In this particular fictional story, I was a ...more
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even though I know the book was fictional, I know countless true stories really happened like this, and the people who endured such inhumane evil still found the courage to try to do what they could to undermine the Nazi government-- that is truly inspiring. Mr. Rosenburg has again created a masterpiece. I always enjoy his writing, and this is destined to be a classic. He crafted a thrill ride of a read, that makes you feel as if you are there-- a silent witness to the characters' heroism and pe ...more
Ginger Price
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great novel by Joel Rosenberg

My dad served in WW11 & I was born in the late 40s. how many years has it taken for us to truly recognize the atrocities that took place under Hitler's rule? I'm grateful that Rosenberg has so clearly documented what occurred at Auschwitz and that there were indeed those that escaped and tried to tell the world...May we never forget. Rosenberg has written another winner. Bring a Kleenex.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holocaust
This is historical fiction about two men who manage to escape from Auschwitz. Despite the horrific subject matter, it was a beautiful read. I’m sure that the story and the characters will remain with me for quite some time.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so hard to put down... And so good!
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic & important piece of literature that was thoroughly enjoyable in audio version. The narrator put in appropriate and believable (at least to an American's ears) accents for the vast array of European characters.
The numerous horrors and tragedy of Hitler's Final Solution brings us too many true stories to ever need worry about historical fiction filling in the gaps. But this fact must also be kept in mind when you read about the daily atrocities and the magnitude of it all. This really
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's not even possible to review this book and give it the justice it deserves. Just read it, everyone should. The fact is, very few people (around 100 or so) successfully escaped Auschwitz. This is a historical fiction based on facts of a small group who did just that. Their purpose of escape wasn't to survive themselves but to save future lives by exposing the truth of the atrocities taking place at this notorious death camp. They wrote the Auschwitz Protocol (fact) to spread the word to the A ...more
Kat Perry
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
The book and storyline fell flat for me and there was definitely a strong agenda pushed by the author around Christianity which I did not like, it completely detracts from the essential historical context which is the Jewish genocide. The characters were one dimensional and disinteresting. It failed to draw the reader in and i lost any interest about the outcomes for those characters. Very poorly executed in comparison to the wealth of superior literature set in this context.
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
As always, tales of what occurred and the strength of the human spirit awe and inspire those who look back at history as a warning about what can happen in the future. It is a harrowing tale and oftentimes as I listened to this book, I had to stop and think about the inhumaneness of humans.

Less than 150 people escaped from the hell that was Auschwitz and this story is based on one of them who did. It is a story that engenders hope and a belief in God that one often has a purpose in survival, on
Anne  (on semi-hiatus)
Beware: cliches and two-dimensional characters are the rule. Very much "holocaust lite." I listened to the audio version. The narrator's dramatic inflections throughout made me feel like he was reading to an audience of children. I found that very irritating. It's not the first time that the holocaust has been used to tell a story of suspense. In fact, I think all holocaust memoirs of survivors are just that, though this story has a different slant - the protagonist escapes from Auschwitz. Too b ...more
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

Longtime author Joel C. Rosenberg tries his hand at historical fiction by delving into one of the darkest times of the twentieth century: the Holocaust. Though the subject matter may be rather dark, Rosenberg does a great job of telling a captivating story. Fans of the genre or of his other works will definitely enjoy this.

Score: 4/5
Bon Tom
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure I have anything to contribute.

The only thing I would change, I would add some poetry to the moments they revisit Auschwitz years later. I could have almost seen words being written before my eyes.

This is great read. Heartbreaking because it can't be anything else.

Whoever loved The One Man by Andrew Gross, will love this one too.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written story.

Jacob the Bookworm
In a time of darkness...when all seems lost... a ray of hope remains.

Wow...this book was great. It was hard to read at times solely because of the horrors described in this book. This book follows Jacob Weisz and journey through Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland. this book begins with Jean-Luc Leclerc, a French pastor and Jewish sympathizer. The focus then shifts to the main character Jacob Weisz. Jacob is 17 years old at the beginning of this book. He has a strong bond with his uncle
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Seeing the Nazi invasion from a French perspective was new to me, and it brought home the shock of the sudden blitz on Sedan, but that was nothing to seeing Auschwitz from Jacob's perspective as an infiltrator and a working prisoner.

With echoes of the Great Escape, this shows the creation of the Auschwitz Protocol, and the heroism of both Jews and Christians, working together to thwart the Nazi regime.

As the author said, it's hard to write a book like this. Although Jean-Luc and Jacob a
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Joel C. Rosenberg is the founder of The Joshua Fund and the New York Times best-selling author of THE LAST JIHAD (2002), THE LAST DAYS (2003), THE EZEKIEL OPTION (2005), THE COPPER SCROLL (2006), EPICENTER (2006) and DEAD HEAT (2008) with m

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