This book was all kinds of intense.
Seeing the horrors of Auschwitz through the eyes of those who survived it and those who managed to escape to tell the world of the horrors is a hard read. But a read that’s worth every emotion. Not only so we can never forget, but so we can remember bravery and courage of those who lived through it.
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s incredibly written and an incredible story. I admit, I had to stop half way through and read a lighter story. I had recently read several WWII novels in a row (no joke – I think it was four) and had to take a breather from the atrocious (words still aren’t enough) actions of the Nazis. No matter how many times I read the history, I cannot comprehend the actions of humanity. Anyway…
The research is amazing and there’s so many facts. Like how many of the Jewish German population refused to see what was happening (until it was too late), the actions and a vivid look at Auschwitz, how so many people didn’t believe what was happening and how many people fought back in the actual camps.
As I mentioned, while these stories are hard reads, I won’t stop reading them. The courage that emerged from this era is a hauntingly beautiful. Joel C. Rosenberg has several other types of novels and I look forward to reading more of his work.
Do you read a lot of stories about WWII?