Death March Escape describes 18 year old Dave Hersch’s year in Mauthausen Concentration Camp, his two escapes at the end of the war, and his son Jack’s journey back to Mauthausen. After a year slaving in Mauthausen’s granite mine, as the war neared an end, Dave was put on a death march. Weighing 80 lbs. and suffering from tuberculosis, pneumonia, and typhus, he found the strength to escape, but was quickly recaptured and returned to Mauthausen. Put on another death march, he escaped again. This time he was hidden by a sympathetic local couple until rescued by American soldiers. Dave often told Jack his incredible story of survival, but Jack’s discovery of a photo of his father in 2007, years after Dave’s death, compels Jack to journey back to Mauthausen and to the death march routes. As Jack retraces his father’s footsteps, visiting the places he slaved and the intersections where he escaped, Jack not only learns much more about his father’s remarkable survival than he’d ever known, but he also learns about himself.
Death March Escape: The Remarkable Story of a Man who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust
- From the Publisher
May 17, 2013
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