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.
"This is an uplifting tale, suffused with a karmic righteousness that is, at times, exhilarating."—The Wall Street Journal
“Frankel is the most fluid of writers, and in telling the story of how one Jewish family lived through the many horrors of the Holocaust she demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit, even when all appears to be lost.”—Peter Bergen, author of The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden
"[Into the Forest] doesn’t just look incredible. It is one of the most moving, thrilling, inspiring books anyone will read all year, fiction or non-fiction!"—David Rothkopf, former senior official in the Clinton Administration and author of Traitor
"Gave me goosebumps, actual goosebumps . . . Thrilling and heartwarming, without masking horror and tragedy.”—David Plotz, former CEO Atlas Obscura, author of Good Book
"Set in one of the world's last remaining primeval forests, this story of horror and heroism has the trappings of a grim fairy tale: Once upon a terrible time, after so much loss and devastation, one unlikely couple found their happily ever after."—Ilana Kurshan, author of If All the Seas Were Ink, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize
“A most impressive book, superbly researched and written in a gripping narrative that’s hard to put down . . . A tragic, yet uplifting, tale of human fortitude and love that needs to be told and widely read.”—Allan Levine, author of Fugitives of the Forest
“What makes Into the Forest truly memorable is Frankel’s uncanny empathy for her characters . . . She never allows us to look away, nor do we want to, no matter how terrible the events of this powerful narrative.”—Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author
"Full of telling details . . . A gripping story of one family’s courage and resourcefulness under life-threatening conditions."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Frankel tells the extraordinary story of Miriam and Morris Rabinowitz’s enduring love and their determined struggle to survive in eastern Poland during the Holocaust.”—Booklist
"Inspirational . . . Readers will be on the edge of their seats."—Publisher's Weekly
A Wedding in Brooklyn
In the New York City Clerk’s archive there are 1,049 lined ledger pages dutifully cataloging Brooklyn’s newlyweds in 1953. Somewhere among the marriage certificate numbers and the columns...