Have we learned from history, or are we doomed to repeat it? Novel inspired by real events that happened 70 years ago this spring
“Rosenberg’s most deeply moving work to date.” – Publishers Weekly
Carol Stream, Ill. — Next Tuesday’s highly anticipated release of The Auschwitz Escape (ISBN 978-1-4143-3624-4, HC, $26.99) by New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg (@JoelCRosenberg) could not come at a more appropriate time. With former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton just last week comparing Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler—and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu comparing the Iranian regime to Nazi Germany—Rosenberg’s first-ever work of historical suspense raises questions as urgent as today’s headlines.
The novel, inspired by actual events that took place seventy years ago this spring, tells the saga of two young men arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi death camp in southern Poland. The book takes readers inside one of the most horrific places imaginable as these unlikeliest of allies plan a daring and incredibly dangerous escape. As they carry out their mission, the two men risk everything to tell the world the truth about Hitler’s horrific crimes against the Jews—and to urge the Allies to take decisive action before it’s too late.
The Auschwitz Escape raises many moral, ethical, and strategic questions that have direct application to our times:
• Do Americans really remember the history of World War II—why it started and how it got out of control?
• Do our leaders in Washington truly understand the lessons of just how costly our appeasement of Hitler was?
• Seven decades after the Holocaust, do we know how to stop power-hungry tyrants and prevent genocide, and do we have the moral courage to act before it’s too late?
These are the kinds of questions Secretary Clinton and Prime Minister Netanyahu are asking, and they are not alone. In January, U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor visited the Auschwitz death camp in Poland along with a group of Israeli lawmakers. When he returned, he warned the American people against a growing isolationist trend in both the Democratic and Republican parties and urged Americans to learn the lessons of Auschwitz.
In November 2011, Joel C. Rosenberg made his own trip to Auschwitz and saw the connection between past horrors and the current-day peril of isolationism. The stories he learned there moved him deeply and inspired him to write The Auschwitz Escape to honor the memories of men who actually did escape from the death camp seven decades ago.
In The Auschwitz Escape, readers will experience the apprehension and fear the characters—both Jews and Christians—faced as the Nazis ravaged Europe. They will ponder how they might react to similar circumstances, knowing that even today many people around the world endure horrific circumstances.
Rosenberg is available for media interviews and will be speaking about the book throughout the U.S.
Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of eight previous novels—The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat, The Twelfth Imam, The Tehran Initiative, and Damascus Countdown—and five nonfiction books—Epicenter, Inside the Revolution, Implosion, Israel at War, and The Invested Life—with nearly 3 million copies sold. As a communications advisor, Joel has worked with a number of U.S. and Israeli leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, Natan Sharansky, and Benjamin Netanyahu. As an author, he has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs, including ABC’s Nightline, CNN Headline News, FOX News Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, and The Glenn Beck Show. He is also cofounder of The Joshua Fund (www.joshuafund.com). Visit Joel’s website at www.joelrosenberg.com.
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