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The story of a young boy who escaped Hitler and the Holocaust—and lived happily ever after. Escaping Hitler is the true story, covering ninety years, of Günter Stern who, at fourteen, when Adolf Hitler threatened his family, education, and future, resolved to escape from his rural village of Nickenich in the German Rhineland. In July 1939, Günter boarded a bus to the border The story of a young boy who escaped Hitler and the Holocaust—and lived happily ever after. Escaping Hitler is the true story, covering ninety years, of Günter Stern who, at fourteen, when Adolf Hitler threatened his family, education, and future, resolved to escape from his rural village of Nickenich in the German Rhineland. In July 1939, Günter boarded a bus to the border of Luxembourg, illegally crossed the river, and walked alone for seven days through Belgium and into Holland. He was intent on catching a ferry to England and freedom, but the outcome of his journey was not exactly as he had planned. Scrivens gathered her information through interviews with Günter, now known as Joe Stirling, and with those closest to him. During an emotional ‘foot-stepping’ journey in September 2013, Scrivens also visited Günter’s birthplace, met with a school friend, discovered the apartment in Koblenz where he fled following Kristallnacht in 1938, drove the route of Günter’s walk through Europe, and retraced the final steps of his parents prior to their deportation to a Nazi death camp in Poland during 1942. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.


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The story of a young boy who escaped Hitler and the Holocaust—and lived happily ever after. Escaping Hitler is the true story, covering ninety years, of Günter Stern who, at fourteen, when Adolf Hitler threatened his family, education, and future, resolved to escape from his rural village of Nickenich in the German Rhineland. In July 1939, Günter boarded a bus to the border The story of a young boy who escaped Hitler and the Holocaust—and lived happily ever after. Escaping Hitler is the true story, covering ninety years, of Günter Stern who, at fourteen, when Adolf Hitler threatened his family, education, and future, resolved to escape from his rural village of Nickenich in the German Rhineland. In July 1939, Günter boarded a bus to the border of Luxembourg, illegally crossed the river, and walked alone for seven days through Belgium and into Holland. He was intent on catching a ferry to England and freedom, but the outcome of his journey was not exactly as he had planned. Scrivens gathered her information through interviews with Günter, now known as Joe Stirling, and with those closest to him. During an emotional ‘foot-stepping’ journey in September 2013, Scrivens also visited Günter’s birthplace, met with a school friend, discovered the apartment in Koblenz where he fled following Kristallnacht in 1938, drove the route of Günter’s walk through Europe, and retraced the final steps of his parents prior to their deportation to a Nazi death camp in Poland during 1942. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

30 review for Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy's Quest for Freedom and His Future

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nissa

    This is an absolutely amazing read! Well written, fascinating account. There are many stories and memoirs of the Holocaust that enlighten the world of it's horrors. Every time I read one I learn of how the Holocaust and Hitler's reigning terror inflicted fear and misery on so many people in so many different situations. This is a great book by a survivor of the Holocaust. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a true survival story. I was truly inspired to read this book. Hi This is an absolutely amazing read! Well written, fascinating account. There are many stories and memoirs of the Holocaust that enlighten the world of it's horrors. Every time I read one I learn of how the Holocaust and Hitler's reigning terror inflicted fear and misery on so many people in so many different situations. This is a great book by a survivor of the Holocaust. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a true survival story. I was truly inspired to read this book. Highly recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I feel lied to. The title is Escaping Hitler, but that part of the story was a small fraction of the book. There was a lot more about his involvement with the Lions Club than about him escaping Nazi Germany. His life story is interesting, but the title was misleading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Really enjoyed this book! This may not have been the most well written book I've ever read, but it was fascinating none the less. Really enjoyed this book! This may not have been the most well written book I've ever read, but it was fascinating none the less.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara J. Bohlman

    This is a fascinating book that follows a young Jewish boy, with an indomitable spirit. He escaped Nazi Germany and went on to become an outstanding British citizen. This is a fascinating story of a Jewish young man who managed to escape from Nazi Germany,and became an outstanding British citizen.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charles Rackley

    Inspiring book. This is a very inspiring book. It is well worth reading. Joe is an inspiration for all of us. I was very moved.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Good but not great.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    Deeds accomplished I started reading expecting an account of a young person fleeing the Nazi's. Actually very little hinged on this, only a small portion of the book. The majority. Of the book was divided between political aspects with his involvement in the Labour Party, the history of his development in the Lion's club and his travel business. Not so much personal or family as one would have assumed. I was a bit disappointed Deeds accomplished I started reading expecting an account of a young person fleeing the Nazi's. Actually very little hinged on this, only a small portion of the book. The majority. Of the book was divided between political aspects with his involvement in the Labour Party, the history of his development in the Lion's club and his travel business. Not so much personal or family as one would have assumed. I was a bit disappointed

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    Dorothy burdick

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