Leap into Darkness - Seven Years on the Run in Wartime Europe

Author(s): Leo Bretholz; Michael Olesker


A harrowing, action-packed account of the author's series of audacious escapes from the Nazis' Final Solution--"riveting...a fascinating and moving piece of history" (Library Journal). Young Leo Bretholz survived the Holocaust by escaping from the Nazis (and others) not once, but seven times during his almost seven-year ordeal crisscrossing war-torn Europe. He leaped from trains, outran police, and hid in attics, cellars, anywhere that offered a few more seconds of safety. First he swam the River Sauer at the German-Belgian border. Later he climbed the Alps on feet so battered they froze to his socks--only to be turned back at the Swiss border. He crawled out from under the barbed wire of a French holding camp, and hid in a village in the Pyrenees while gendarmes searched it. And in the dark hours of one November morning, he escaped from a train bound for Auschwitz. Leap into Darkness is the sweeping memoir of one Jewish boy's survival, and of the family and the world he left behind.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780385497053
  • : Anchor Books
  • : Anchor Books
  • : September 1999
  • : .63 Inches X 5.15 Inches X 8 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Leo Bretholz; Michael Olesker
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : good
  • : 263