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  • Escape from the Ghetto

  • The Story of the Jewish Boy Who Ran Away from the Nazis
  • By: John Carr
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Summary

A Jewish boy kills a Nazi by the Polish ghetto. He must escape the Third Reich at all costs.

The captivating true story of one boy's flight across Europe to escape the Nazis. A tale of extraordinary courage, incredible adventure and the relentless pursuit of life in the face of impossible challenges. 

In early 1940, Chaim Herzsman was locked in to the Lódz Ghetto in Poland. Hungry, fearless and determined, he goes on scavenging missions outside the wire limits, until he is forced to kill a Nazi guard. That moment changes the course of his life and sets him on an unbelievable adventure across enemy lines.

Chaim avoids grenades and rifle fire on the Russian border, shelters with a German family in the Rhineland, falls in love in occupied France, is captured on a mountain pass in Spain, gets interrogated as a potential Nazi spy in Britain and eventually fights for everything he believes in as part of the British Army. He protects his life by posing as an Aryan boy with a crucifix around his neck and fights for his life through terrible and astonishing circumstances. 

Escape from the Ghetto is about a normal boy who faced extermination by the Nazis in the ghetto or a Nazi deathcamp and the extraordinary life he led in avoiding that fate. It's a bittersweet story about epic hope, beauty amidst horror and the triumph of the human spirit.

John Carr is Henry Carr's eldest son, and in Escape from the Ghetto he has re-created his father's incredible adventure through recordings and transcribed conversations in later life.

For fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Saboteur of Auschwitz and The Volunteer, this is the incredible true story of escape from the Nazis during World War II.

©2021 John Carr (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"Trust me, this is a great true story." (Ken Follett)

"This is an unbelievable story that is all completely true. The life described is astonishing. John Carr has done an extraordinary and riveting job uncovering the real father behind the dad he thought he knew." (Lord Tony Hall)

"Utterly Compelling. It is an extraordinary tale, brilliantly written." (Alastair Stewart)

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Intriguing story

The book is well read story about a Jewish Polish boy’s escape from Nazis and the highly convoluted passage that took him through his early life to safety. The hair raising events were all really quite interesting and in some cases extraordinary.
The book is written more in a form of a diary. And for that reason it does not really contain the creative exaggerations that sometimes make stories a bit more exciting.
It is an unique view of a jews”’s life during ww2 and after.


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Extraordinary story

Extraordinary story:good mixture of the personal, the political with a small ‘p’ and moving account of the concealment and ultimate revelation of Jewish identity. Brilliantly related

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A great read

A story of courage, determination, bravery and the right to survive against unimaginable evil in Germany and her conquered lands of the 1930s and 1940s. This is a man with indomitable steadfastness who is resolved to survive through intelligence, sheer will and intuitiveness. What a man.

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wonderful story

I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing story of courage and determination to get away from the awful life that the Jews had to endure

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Incredible story of survival against the odds

Very powerful and moving story of a boy's escape from the Lodz ghetto and his journey across Nazi occupied Europe. Very well told by the narrator.

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Incredible

What a truly amazing story. I could not stop listening
Absolutely remarkable brave account

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Escape from horror

Reading this book was beyond sadness the tenacity that Mr Hirschman went through from the age of 13 years was indescribably mind bending. The narration by his son John Carr made me feel every step of the journey that young aryan looking jew had to do in order to survive. Thank you Mr Carr. Rest in peace Mr Hirschman.

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a beautiful story of an incredible journey

this story captured my interest from the start. I cried, hoped and cheered as a young jew made an incredible journey through war torn Europe into adulthood and self acceptance.

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Impactful, well told and terrible in its truth.

A mix of familiar with exceptional. The horror we should all know told so personally.