A remarkable, and little-known story of escape and survival during the Second World War
A Train to Palestine
The Tehran Children, Anders' Army and their escape from Stalin's Siberia
IN THE PRESS
A Train to Palestine is a concise, powerful narrative linking the Jewish refugee deportation to Siberia with that of the account of Lt. General Wladyslaw Anders, leader of the Polish army-in-exile released by Stalin in the summer of 1941, and how he took over ten thousand refugees
with his army as it traveled southward to Iran. The Polish army’s journey from Iranian training bases to fighting with the British army in North Africa and Italy, and finally political betrayal by Allied leadership as the war draws to a close, is a detailed description of a lost part of the history of the Second World War.
editor Concordia Sentinel, Ferriday, LA; author of
Devils Walking: Klan Murders along the Mississippi in the 1960s
...a chapter of the Shoah, mostly unknown outside of Israel, A Train to Palestine portrays the deportation of Jews to Siberian Labor Camps in 1941, and the sickness and death they endured.
That Joe Rosenbaum and over a thousand Jewish children survived such a tragic journey, is a powerful reminder of the miraculous strength of the human will to simply survive.
Senior Pastor Christian Center Shreveport; Member of the AIPAC (American Israel
Public Affairs Committee) National Council
Retiring in 2011 after thirty years in the corporate world, I returned to my passions of writing and studying history. In May 2014, during a visit to Israel, we toured the Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, and it was during this visit that I learned of a group of Jewish children stranded in Siberia in 1942, and the idea first blossomed for A Train to Palestine. After locating one of the Tehran Children, Joe Rosenbaum, I knew that this was a story I was supposed to write, and began research in June 2014, and the writing the book in September. The following year in May, I served as a lecturer and tour guide with our group on a trip to Amsterdam, Auschwitz, and Israel. Many of my research materials in the outlining of this story were presented on the visits to concentration camps and historical sites in Israel. In May 2016, I was honored to present with Joe Rosenbaum the Tehran Children story at the Holocaust Remembrance Service in Shreveport, Louisiana.
My wife, Joyce, and I live in Shreveport. My interest, outside of writing, is visiting the Arkansas mountains. A Train to Palestine is my first nonfiction book. I’m presently working on my second book.