Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love (Hardcover)

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Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love (Hardcover)


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I'm always up to learn something new, but I could not keep myself from being surprised over and over at the amazing things the human body can go through to survive, what we will do to make sure our loved ones survive and how we can adapt to the most horrible of situations. Set in Poland during the second world war, this book tells one family's amazing and inspiring true story of survival from the Jewish Holocaust. What made this book stand out for me was not the information I thought I knew (okay, war starts around X, ends around X). I had no idea that people survived in the forest not just for a few days but YEARS. Every day on my work commute I drive through a forest and it has made this book stick with me in ways others just do not. Being so grimy, learning how to make due with things in the forest, learning how to trade with farmers, etc. I honestly could not put this book down. The fact that they are ultimately saved by the Russian invading of Poland is also an aspect of WWII that I did not know as much about. I cannot say I have enjoyed a history more thoroughly in the recent past. If you are an avid reader of WWII, don't let this account (part memoir, part history, definitely engaging) pass you by.

— Beth

One family’s inspiring true story of love, escape, and survival

"An uplifting tale, suffused with a karmic righteousness that is, at times, exhilarating." Wall Street Journal

"A gripping narrative that reads like a page turning thriller novel." NPR

In the summer of 1942, the Rabinowitz family narrowly escaped the Nazi ghetto in their Polish town by fleeing to the forbidding Bialowieza Forest. They miraculously survived two years in the woods—through brutal winters, Typhus outbreaks, and merciless Nazi raids—until they were liberated by the Red Army in 1944. After the war they trekked across the Alps into Italy where they settled as refugees before eventually immigrating to the United States.

During the first ghetto massacre, Miriam Rabinowitz rescued a young boy named Philip by pretending he was her son. Nearly a decade later, a chance encounter at a wedding in Brooklyn would lead Philip to find the woman who saved him. And to discover her daughter Ruth was the love of his life.

From a little-known chapter of Holocaust history, one family’s inspiring true story.

Rebecca Frankel is the author of New York Times bestselling book, War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love. She is former executive editor at Foreign Policy magazine. Her work has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic, among others. A Connecticut native, she lives in Washington, DC.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250267641
ISBN-10: 1250267641
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Pages: 352
Language: English


"Page-turning... an even more improbable fairy tale about rescue, reunion and romantic love."

The Forward

“[An] extraordinary story."


"A gripping story of one family’s courage and resourcefulness under life-threatening conditions."

Kirkus (Starred review)

"Inspirational... Readers will be on the edge of their seats."

Publisher's Weekly

"An excellent choice for serious book clubs that have previously chosen challenging titles like Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française."
Book Trib

“Frankel demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit, even when all appears to be lost.”
Peter Bergen, author of The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden

"One of the most moving, thrilling, inspiring books anyone will read all year, fiction or non-fiction!"

David Rothkopf, author of Traitor

"Gave me goosebumps, actual goosebumps... Thrilling and heartwarming, without masking horror and tragedy.”

David Plotz, former CEO Atlas Obscura, author of Good Book

"Set in one of the world's last remaining primeval forests, this story of horror and heroism has the trappings of a grim fairy tale: Once upon a terrible time, after so much loss and devastation, one unlikely couple found their happily ever after."

Ilana Kurshan, author of If All the Seas Were Ink, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize

“Hard to put down... A tragic, yet uplifting, tale of human fortitude and love that needs to be told and widely read.”

Allan Levine, author of Fugitives of the Forest

“What makes Into the Forest truly memorable is Frankel’s uncanny empathy for her characters... She never allows us to look away, nor do we want to, no matter how terrible the events of this powerful narrative.”

Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author