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Impossible escape : a true story of survival and heroism in Nazi Germany  Cover Image Book Book

Impossible escape : a true story of survival and heroism in Nazi Germany / Steve Sheinkin.

Sheinkin, Steve, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250265722
  • ISBN: 125026572X
  • Physical Description: xi, 243 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Roaring Brook Press, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-235) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: leaving home -- Part I: Capture -- Part II: Survival -- Part III: Escape -- Epilogue: The story is the thing.
Summary, etc.:
"From award-winning author Steve Sheinkin, a true story of two Jewish teenagers racing against time during the Holocaust-one in hiding in Hungary, and the other in Auschwitz, plotting escape"-- Provided by publisher.
It is 1944. A teenager named Rudolph (Rudi) Vrba has made up his mind. After barely surviving nearly two years in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, he knows he must escape. Even if death is more likely. Rudi has learned the terrible secret hidden behind the heavily guarded fences of concentration camps across Nazi-occupied Europe: the methodical mass killing of Jewish prisoners. As trains full of people arrive daily, Rudi knows that the murders won’t stop until he reveals the truth to the world—and that each day that passes means more lives are lost. Lives like Rudi's schoolmate Gerta Sidonová. Gerta's family fled from Slovakia to Hungary, where they live under assumed names to hide their Jewish identity. But Hungary is beginning to cave under pressure from German Nazis. Her chances of survival become slimmer by the day. The clock is ticking. As Gerta inches closer to capture, Rudi and his friend Alfred Wetzler begin their crucial steps towards an impossible escape. This is the true story of one of the most famous whistleblowers in the world, and how his death-defying escape helped save over 100,000 lives.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 12-18 Roaring Brook Press.
Grades 10-12 Roaring Brook Press.
Subject: Vrba, Rudolf > Juvenile literature.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Europe > Juvenile literature.
Jews > Persecutions > Europe > Juvenile literature.
Escaped prisoners of war > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Creative nonfiction.

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  • 22 of 25 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 2 of 4 copies available at Bridgeport Public Library.


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Burroughs-Saden Main - Bridgeport YA 940.53 SHEINKIN (Text) 34000151473782 Young Adult Nonfiction Checked out 08/10/2024
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