January of last year I purchased The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenburg at my local Christian bookstore. The story caught my interest because it was about the Nazi invasion and although the story is a fictitious tale, the idea of an embolden pastor and Jewish freedom fighter breaking out of Auschwitz to inform others about the atrocious conditions going on within the gates of this ruthless concentration camp was a story I knew would touch my heart and inspire me.
The Auschwitz Escape brings us back to the time of the Nazi war. The main character is a pastor by the name of Jean-Luc Leclerc who finds himself helping the Jews find their freedom from the Nazi invasion. His involvement in assisting Jews ultimately results in his imprisonment. During this capture, he meets a young man by the name of Jacob Weisz, and together they dare to plot a risky escape from Auschwitz, in order to share the truth about the Fascism movement spreading through Germany.
I finished reading this book last year around April/May so I am not going to write a full book review because, as time passes, I begin to lose the details of why I liked or disliked a story. What I do remember is how I felt while reading the book and this is what I would like to share with you all. If I ever read this book again, I’ll try my best to give it the full book review it deserves, but for now let me tell you why I liked the book.
Yes, The Auschwitz Escape held my interest all the way to the last page. It was a book I looked forward to picking up each night and reading. The author wrote well-rounded characters; ones I could actually believe might be real people living in the horrific conditions of WWII. I found myself rooting for Pastor Jean-Luc and Jacob while hoping their plan of escape would not be thwarted and they would be able to do the impossible by escaping Auschwitz.
Even though I read this book almost a year ago, I remember there were a few incidents in the story which were pretty graphic; such as the treatment of the prisoners and those who opposed the reign of Hitler. However, the story was evenly uplifting as you also experienced the hope and determination of the human spirit as some of the captives in Auschwitz fought to keep alive and how they tried to bring the camp down before the Nazis could imprison even one more Jew or sympathizer. These are some of the situations you might want to keep in mind if you are sensitive to tales that include torture or death because even though this story is a work of fiction, it is based off of real historical events.
I would recommend this book to others who are interested in historical fiction books or books about World War II. Due to the nature of the story, I would suggest the reader be fifteen or older and have a little knowledge of Hitler and the circumstances surrounding WWII. It might also make a good book for those involved in a reader group or book club as the content will engage the reader and the story will stir up conversation about the human spirit and the era surrounding the war. The Auschwitz Escape is a New York Times bestseller because it is a story that will touch all those who pick it up and read it.
“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.”