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  • A Train Near Magdeburg

  • A Teacher's Journey into the Holocaust
  • By: Matthew Rozell
  • Narrated by: Nick Cracknell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
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Publisher's Summary

It's not a novel. It's not based on a true story. It really happened, and I am a witness. You will be, too.

What do you do if you are a reluctant soldier, having been shot at, seen your friends killed, and can no longer even remember what your own mother looks like? As a combat soldier fighting your way across Europe, what is the plan when you come across a Holocaust train full of suffering humanity that shocks you to your core, even after you think you have seen it all? And what happens when you get to meet the survivors face-to-face, two generations later?

From the author of The Things Our Fathers Saw in the World War II eyewitness history series comes this book, offering the true story behind an iconic photograph taken at the liberation of a death train, deep in the heart of Nazi Germany. It's brought to life by the history teacher who discovered it and went on to reunite hundreds of Holocaust survivors with the actual American soldiers who saved them.

The Holocaust was a watershed event in history. Drawing on never-before published eyewitness accounts, survivor testimony and memoirs, wartime reports and letters, Matthew Rozell takes us on his journey to uncover the stories behind the incredible 1945 liberation photographs taken by the soldiers who were there. 

He weaves together a chronology of the Holocaust as it unfolds across Europe and goes to the authentic sites of the Holocaust to retrace the steps of the survivors and the American soldiers who freed them. His mission culminates in joyful reunions in three continents, seven decades later.

Rozell offers his unique perspective on the lessons of the holocaust for future generations and the impact that one person - a teacher - can make. Features testimony from 15 American liberators and over 30 Holocaust survivors.

"After I got home I cried a lot. My parents couldn't understand why I couldn't sleep at times." (Walter "Babe" Gantz, US Army medic)

"I grew up and spent all my years being angry. This means I don't have to be angry anymore." (Paul Arato, Holocaust survivor)

"I survived because of many miracles. But for me to actually meet, shake hands, hug, and cry together with my liberators - the "angels of life" who literally gave me back my life - was just beyond imagination." (Leslie Meisels, Holocaust survivor)

"People say it cannot happen here in this country; yes, it can happen here. I was 21 years old. I was there to see it happen!" (Luca Furnari, US Army)

"It's not for my sake, it's for the sake of humanity, that you will remember." (Steve Barry, Holocaust survivor)

©2016, 2019 Matthew Rozell (P)2019 Matthew Rozell

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  • 04-04-2020

important story

Overall I really liked this book. The stories of survivors and soldiers are critically important to preserve. Most of the retelling is done very well. My only fault with the book is that the author sometimes seems to focus on himself too much. Though, to be fair perhaps he has earned that. The narrator does a great job and is enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Chris
  • 17-11-2020

must read!

All Mr. Rozzell's books should be required reading in school, please never forget what happened

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  • 29-04-2020

Different!

It took getting used to that it wasn't a traditional novel. loved how factual it was.

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  • marjorie skinner
  • 03-01-2021

A informative read.

more people need to educate themselves. this could happen again. God forbid! God bless you

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  • Ursula
  • 30-07-2020

incredibly learning listening

there was a lot In this book I've heard no where else about the camps. detailed and enormous amount of sadness of what humans do to one another.

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  • Nikki
  • 10-06-2021

Compelling story and interesting insights

Captivating! Important topic and a story of this cataclysmic event enlightening to many. Couldn’t stop listening.

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  • James B todd
  • 07-06-2021

Must read!

What a moving story......if you want to see the best of America and demonstrations of the best (and worst) in mankind, read this one!

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  • 匿名
  • 12-05-2021

A Must Read

Being a WW2 history buff, this an eye opener, s hard story to tell, but necessary. I have a better understanding of the the Holocaust. The narrator did an excellent job.

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  • 10-05-2021

A must read for WW11/Holocaust Information

This is one of the most through and engrossing books about the holocaust that I have read. One is drawn into these peoples sufferings and then their resiliency; and then able to hear about the contributions that they made to the world after the liberation.
I had never heard about the train liberation prior to this book
Thank you Mr Rozell for a great work
Ps I have performance a 4 bc I would have liked a women to read the women’s stories

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  • BB
  • 07-05-2021

Well done documentary

The "first person" comments by both survivors and soldiers are very powerful and worth hearing.

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