Leap into Darkness: Seven Years on the Run in Wartime Europe
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.