DEATH MARCH ESCAPE

The Book

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By April 1945, eighteen year old Dave Hersch had already survived nearly a year in the hell of KZ Mauthausen, self-rated by the Nazis as the cruelest, most monstrous concentration camp in the entire Reich. But then he was ordered onto a 34 mile death march. He never reached his destination. Instead, he escaped. Recaptured a short while later, he was returned to Mauthausen. Put on a new death march a week later, Dave did the impossible: he escaped again.

 

Dave often told his story of survival and escape, and his son Jack knew it well. Or so he thought. Years after his father’s death, he found a photo of his father on, of all places, KZ Mauthausen’s website – a photo he had never seen before.


Propelled by the mystery of that photo, and using only his father’s words for guidance, Jack takes us along in Death March Escape as he travels to Europe to discover the secrets behind that picture, secrets his father never told of his time in the camps.