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Publisher's Summary

This program features a bonus chapter of the author's preliminary research interviews with the sisters featured in the book.

"An uplifting tale, suffused with a karmic righteousness that is, at times, exhilarating." —Wall Street Journal 

Rebecca Frankel's Into the Forest is a gripping story of love, escape, and survival, from wartime Poland to a wedding in Connecticut.

In the summer of 1942, the Rabinowitz family narrowly escaped the Nazi ghetto in their Polish town by fleeing to the forbidding Bialowieza Forest. They miraculously survived two years in the woods—through brutal winters, Typhus outbreaks, and merciless Nazi raids—until they were liberated by the Red Army in 1944. After the war, they trekked across the Alps into Italy, where they settled as refugees before eventually immigrating to the United States.

During the first ghetto massacre, Miriam Rabinowitz rescued a young boy named Philip by pretending he was her son. Nearly a decade later, a chance encounter at a wedding in Brooklyn would lead Philip to find the woman who saved him. And to discover her daughter Ruth was the love of his life. 

From a little-known chapter of Holocaust history, one family’s inspiring true story.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2021 Rebecca Frankel (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Great story with an added benefit

I've read several holocost stories and they always horrify and inspire me. This one is no exception. What makes it outstanding is the chance to listen to the people who lived it tell their story. Ms. Frankel includes several interview clips at the end the book which lets listen to the people who lived the story. What struck me is how ordinary they sound. Extraordinary people telling an extraordinary true story sitting around their kitchen table. Their resiliance is inspirational and makes me hope that many of the ordinary seeming people around me have the same within them.

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Great book!

Wonderfully written and beautifully read, Frankel’s work is inspiring and intense. The narrative is compelling and the story well composed- great read, totally recommend to anyone else interested in hidden Holocaust stories like this one! Loved the extra inclusion of real-life interviews, so interesting and unique. Bravo!

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Amazing story

This was such an amazing story of survival and courage. I've read so many memoirs about the horrors inside the Death Camps, but never have I read about those who had hid out in the open so to speak. No barn, no attic, no cellar, no under floors, but outside. Creating camouflaged earthen spaces, surviving the bitter cold with very little coverings/clothing and foraging for food. Amazing!

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Great inspiring story

Maybe I have read too many WWII novels. Had trouble following this one at times. Should have been read by a man.

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This story needs to be made into a movie!

This book tells another side of Holocaust history, one that I was never aware of. I only wish that there had been more detail about how this family survived in the woods. I mean, how did they get through the harsh winters?? But in all fairness, the people who were interviewed for the book probably didn’t know as children all that the adults had had to do to make that happen.
What I really appreciated about this book, though, was its detail about the family’s life after being liberated - the challenges of putting their lives back together. I think many people erroneously assume that all was well for the Jews once the Third Reich fell. I have always wanted to learn more about that post-Holocaust experience and this book provided an informative overview.
My only real criticism of this listen was the narrator’s unchanging tone and cadence. Whether she was reading about a loving family moment or a heinous Nazi act her intonation was the same.
The recorded interviews with the surviving family members at the end of the listen were so very special! I felt privileged to listen to them.

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An excellent book that portrays the war and what happened to the people. How fellow human beings were reduced to a pack of rabid dogs. No value, no compassion!!!

It always amazes me how truly evil and cruel man can be to other humans. How people can be led to believe that people are “less than” because someone says it’s so.

Nothing has changed to this day, we follow Putin and Trump, and the “less thans” in the US, Ukraine, South America etc are just disposable and garbage.

Excellent book that history will repeat because not enough men have learned

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astounding

If this genre is your interest, then you will find this a very personal and detailed telling of the nazi occupation in Poland from the point of view of two actual survivors. Well worth your time.

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Excellent book with a lot of history. I never once wanted it to go faster. As a matter of fact, I am going to listen for a second time. The author and narrator, did a wonderful job. Pay attention to the names, at the end I needed to go back, since I didn’t grasp it the first time. A++++

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thank you for writing this book

Today is May 16 2022. We must not forget what happened in WW 2 and since.

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Riveting

True saga of survival ,perseverance and love. History at its meanest survival at its best.