|Seventh Cross, the (1942) [Novel]|
by Anna Seghers
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Written in 1939, first published in 1942, The Seventh Cross presented a still doubtful, naive America a first-hand account of life in Hitler's Germany and of the horrors of the concentration camps. Seven men attempt an escape from Westhofen; the camp commander erects seven crosses, one for each. Only one, the young communist, Heisler, survives, not by cunning or superior skill, but through the complicity of a web of common citizens unwilling to bow to the Gestapo and forced to make decisions that will determine the character of their future lives.
Original title: Das siebte Kreuz
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction