Leap into Darkness by Leo Bretholz
Seven Years on the Run in Wartime Europe

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Leo Bretholz's Holocaust memoir chronicles his harrowing night aboard and dramatic escape from a freight train bound for Auschwitz in 1942, as well as other escapes that kept Leo one step ahead of the Nazis' "final solution." Acclaimed historian and Churchill biographer Martin Gilbert noted the importance of the book's publication: "No one can read Leo Bretholz's history without realizing not only the depravity into which Europe was plunged, but also the remarkable courage of individuals [like Leo]." Historian Deborah Dwork said that the story "grabs you, and won't shake when you've finished the book." Rabbi Ervin Preis called the memoir a "real thriller." Raul Hilberg and Michael Berenbaum have also endorsed this riveting autobiography.

About Leo Bretholz

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Leo Bretholz arrived in the United States in 1947 and settled in Baltimore, where he worked in the textile business and then as a bookseller for many years. He continues to lecture extensively about his Holocaust memories. Michael Olesker is a columnist for the Baltimore Sun and a commentator on Baltimore's CBS affiliate, WJZ-TV.
Published January 1, 1999 by Woodholme House Pub. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Bretholz was 17 when, in 1938, the Germans took over his native Austria. His mother, more realistic than other relatives, saw disaster and insisted that he escape, which is what he did for the next se

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Also, I was too terrified not to run for my life."" For a man who assumed many false identities, the supreme irony came when Bretholz learned his true identity just six years ago--an event that provides a fitting climax to this inspiring and moving book.

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