LEAP INTO DARKNESS, 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.

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With tremendous endorsements and terrific writing, this memoir will take readers across the country by storm. The story reads like a suspense novel as much as a reflection on history's most evil days. A vibrant speaker at 77, Mr. Bretholz and co-author Michael Olesker (columnist, Baltimore Sun; news commentator, local CBS-affiliate) plan an active reading and lecture tour.

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"Harrowing...In the midst of many improbable escapes, there is also a sense of almost exhilarating determination."
--Publishers Weekly

"Riveting--a fascinating and moving piece of history."
--Library Journal

"No one can read [this] history without realizing--the remarkable courage of individuals, and the tremendous importance of stories such as this being published for all to read."
--Sir Marin Gilbert, author of The Holocaust

"This loving and lovely memoir should be read by everyone interested in the daily lives of young Jews caught in the Holocaust. Leo Bretholz's story grabs you, and it won't shake when you've finished the book."
--Deborah Dwork, coauthor of Auschwitz: 1270 to Present

"This memoir is that rarest of all survivors: a man who jumped from a train on his way to a death camp. The reader is with Bretholz at every step, following with mounting tension his struggle to escape."
--Raul Hilberg, author of The Destruction of the European Jews

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