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Juden Arbeit Macht Frei [Kindle Edition]

James Stephens
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Poland 1939. After Nazi Germany conquers the Polish army in just over two weeks, and one Jewish family fight for survival begins. Like the rest of the once thriving Jewish community, they are all forced to leave there beautiful home in Warsaw, and into the slums of the ghettos. Inside these walled cities disease and starvation are rife, which is a daily part of ghetto life. However despite of all the degradation, the family settles into their new surroundings, and they take solace as they remain as a family.
After several years of living this life, their world is again thrown into chaos, when orders are received to ‘liquidate’ the ghettos.
Isaac and his son Jacob during their ‘normal’ day are rounded up, as are the other families and residences, by the ruthless and barbaric Nazi regime. To Isaac and Jacob’s horror, they helplessly stand and watch as Isaac’s wife Judith, and their baby daughter Eve; are torn away from them, and taken away, into a life of slavery.
Isaac and Jacob are also rounded up, their fate already decided, is one of the unknown. After several hours aboard a crammed cattle train, they arrive at their destination. They are now two prisoners amongst thousands of their own people at the Nazi’s most notorious concentration camps, which they now know to be Auschwitz.
They are soon put to work, disposing of the countless victims, who have been brutally murdered by the Nazi’s. Although after being a part of the most harrowing and vile operations, Isaac and eventually Jacob are fortunately reprieved, and become part of the commandant personal staff at his attached villa, only a few meters away from the camp itself.
Here they meet Mary another Jew, and housekeeper to the commandant Rudolph Höss. All three form a close bond, and perform their duties to the best of their abilities. With the fate of his wife and daughter unknown, Isaac and Jacob concentrate their efforts on appeasing the commandant.
It is planned that Jacob uses his knowledge and understanding of accounts, to ‘siphon’ off funds, for the benefit of the commandant. Although inside the villa, things aren't always easy, and each of them suffers severe beatings, at the hands of the commandant. After several months they have receive news that Judith and her daughter Eve are safe, and are being transferred to Auschwitz.
Isaac being determined that they should become a family unit once more, uses his influence to persuade the commandant to allow them both to be a part of the staff, therefore reuniting them all as a family again.

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About the Author

Born in the Northern seaside town of Blackpool Lancashire England. The youngest of five siblings to parents Peter and Myrtle AKA 'Joyce.' Grew up in Northolt West London. An award winning poet for the title A smile for all. Now resides in Haute Vienne, South West France.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 519 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Stephen Briggs (7 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OGBX66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Juden Arbeit Macht Frei 24 Oct. 2012
By Steve
Juden Stephen Briggs (James Stephens)

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Category: Fiction (General/Historical)
Length: 64,000 words approx

Juden is a powerful novel set during the Holocaust. A combination of tragedy and against-the-odds survival adventure, it focuses on one Jewish family caught up in the genocide, and the determined efforts of their teenage son to escape.

Author James Stephens (real name Stephen Briggs) is an experienced writer with some award-winning poetry and two well-received thrillers (Through the Eyes of a Fly and The Tattooist, published in the US) to his name - his real name, that is; both books were published under `Steve Briggs', whereas for Juden he is adopting the pen name James Stephens, presumably because this novel is a bit of a change of direction for him.

Despite having thriller/adventure elements in it, Juden has a weight of grave and earnest feeling behind it. The Holocaust appears to exert an exceptional pull on the author; indeed, in his preface he floats his theory that the Nazis' motive for starting off the Second World War was to provide a smokescreen for the extermination of the Jews. I dare say historians would pick holes in that theory, but there is no doubting what it says about the emotional force behind this author's fictional take on the Holocaust.

The smokescreen theory doesn't actually feature in the story, by the way; it isn't that kind of novel. Rather, it's the story of one family's experience, their journey from well-to-do middle-class security to persecution, horror, death and, just possibly, survival against the odds.

The principal character is Jacob Horowitz, the adolescent son of a happy, contented Polish-Jewish family, presided over by Isaac, a successful restaurateur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A breathtaking read 2 May 2013
By tr4cy
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A book that I couldn’t put down. Can’t quite believe the atrocities these people went through, doesn’t seem real somehow until you read books like this. Would recommend highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Holocaust 10 Dec. 2013
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Words cannot describe the horror that all those unfortunate people went through. After reading much on the subject, I find it difficult to understand how such a large population, and indeed the people that undertook such appalling deeds, went along with the `final solution` and evidentally, in some cases, actually enjoyed such sadistic brutality as is related in this tragic account. God forbid that anything like this should ever happen again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very moving true story 18 May 2013
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unable to put the book down once started if you like a true story of life in the camps this is reading this account I have a better idea what it was like
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget 8 Jan. 2013
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It is chilling to read of the events of certain parts of the WW11. Most novels deal with the dash and glory of our hero's,This author has the courage to deal with
people in conditions that would defeat most of us.The story is harrowing but absorbing, from the innocent opening through the realism of the awakening, and the final relief.I found it difficult to put down. I will be watching for other work by this author James Stephens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 31 Jan. 2013
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Such a realistic insight into such atrocities endured by one Jewish family, an amazingly emotional read, truly haunting and an unforgettable book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing 12 Feb. 2013
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I loved this book.... I couldn't put it down so many emotions carry you through the troubles of a families struggle to stay together and survive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 29 April 2013
By trixie
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What so many people suffered at the hands of a brutal regime this is about one of the few families who made it through despite their ordeal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very poignant.. A must read... ...
Very poignant. . A must read.....
Published 23 days ago by M Trattles
5.0 out of 5 stars For people to begin to understand.
Great story about the family and one young boys journey.The story mentions the Russians and the part they played of which I knew but only in minute detail.Excellent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donna Mac Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and sad
Was an excellent book and had me in tears from start to finish. Couldn't put it down. A good book
Published 3 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
again a harrowing read
Published 4 months ago by john hillier
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Published 4 months ago by R. Hw Pitney
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent novel reflecting the Nazi treatment of the Jews before...
An excellent novel reflecting the Nazi treatment of the Jews before and actual camp internment. Jewish family values come through clearly. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book
Published 6 months ago by billy worton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
A very well written book Jacob was a very brave young lad they suffered at the hands of evil monsters it was good many German psychopaths we're captured and executed.
Published 6 months ago by bookworm.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brings home the message verclearly, that this should not happened again ever.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Otherwise it's okay if you want a pretend story with a happy ending.
I wish they'd be clearer about letting me know when these books are fictional. Otherwise it's okay if you want a pretend story with a happy ending.
Published 8 months ago by tracey
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