Jacob's Rescue

A Holocaust Story

Main Characters

There are 3 main characters in this Holocaust story. They are Jacob Gutgel, Alex Roslan, and Mela Roslan. Jacob is a Jew boy about 9 years old and he lives in the ghetto with his Aunt Hannah and his grandmother. His family used to be very wealthy and then he lost all of that when the Holocaust started. Jacob didn't want to die and he thought he was going to die because he was Jewish. Alex and Mela wanted to save his life so they took him into their home until the Holocaust ended. They renamed Jacob and gave him the name Genyek. After a few months of the Holocaust, they decided to move into a bigger apartment and take in another Jew boy.


This Holocaust story takes place in Poland. They mostly stay in their apartment so Jacob won't be caught living with Alex and Mela. If he is caught living with them, he will be killed because he is Jewish. Alex and Mela makes sure that Jacob stays in their apartment so he will survive the Holocaust.

Quote From the Book

Jacob said " May you never know the hunger I knew before I was taken in by the Roslan's. "

I think that this quote means that when he lived with his Aunt Hannah and his grandmother in the ghetto, he didn't have much of anything. They didn't have alot of money. His aunt and grandmother wanted to get out of the ghetto so they wouldn't be killed during the Holocaust but they didn't have any money so they had to stay where they were and just hope for the best. When he moved in with Roslan's, everything got better for Jacob. He had food, money, and a safe place to live and survive during the Holocaust.