Another NYT Bestseller! Over 200,000 sold.
Over 2,000 5-star reviews.
Finalist for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards.
A WWII historical novel inspired by true events.
In a time of darkness, when all seems lost . . . a ray of hope remains.
What readers say . . .
“This novel was the start of my ‘Joel C. Rosenberg Journey’ of novels.” —Dragonmac52
“If you only read one book, make it this one! Brilliant, well-written, compelling . . .” —Aquamarine
“Very highly recommended! If you’re on the fence about this book, get off the fence and read it! A must read!” —N. Perri
“This is a great read. Heartbreaking because it can’t be anything else.” —Bon Tom “
“. . . feels like a first-hand narrative.” —Elizabeth G.
“Fiction based on fact. A deeply moving account. . . .” —Evelyn
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. They’ve been chosen for one of the most daring and dangerous feats imaginable—escape 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 Rosenberg's previous novels (Damascus Countdown), which were focused on the Middle East and Muslim-Western relations, is reflected in his latest book 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 other's faith and doubts. When Jacob questions why Luc has joined the Resistance, the pastor responds, "The real question is Why aren't 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 Rosenberg's most deeply moving work to date.