Jacob's Rescue a Holocaust Story

By Venetia Garbenis

Main Characters

Jacob Gutel had a wealthy life before the Holocaust. He lost his other at an early age, only living with his Aunt Hannah and Grandmother in a controlled Ghetto. Aunt Hannah, in an attempt to save Jacob's life, sends him to live with Alex Roslan. Alex wants to protect Jacob, and keep his family safe. He will do whatever he can to keep Jacob a secret. Alex's wife, Mela, is a mother to already two children. She wants to take Jacob in as one of her own.

Plot of Book

In Warsaw, Poland, the Holocaust is proceeding. Jewish Europeans are being taken to death camps and work camps, millions are in dying and in hiding. The story is of a young Jewish boy endeavoring the wrath of the Nazi's, trying to survive while saying hidden in the care of a sacrificing and daring family. The historical connection to this book is that this story could possibly be true, having to do with other Jews during those times. Many Polish families took the hated people in to survive, so the path of Jacob with the Roslans could relate to many others.

Righteous Among Nations Award

The Roslans deserve this aware intensley. Alex built a spot underneath his sink to place Jacob in times of hidden identity. Alex gave Jacob the extra protection besides always keeping Jacob inside. Alex and Mela give Jacob food, get a solar lamp to regulate his skin, and provide him safety that they promise on their lives. They give Jacob hope when it seems there is none. Alex even went out of his way to find Jacob's Uncle and bring him to visit. Without the Roslans dedication and love, Jacob would be dead for sure.

"Hey Genyek, you're not so bad for a Jew."

This quote stuck out from the book to me in many ways. Just to think that a human being's nationality makes them less than a person, makes them this useless material that could be thrown away and abused. It's very sick. The way Jewish people were treated was dishonorable. They were hated not for their personalities or goals or choices, but for the way they were born and exist. This quote speaks to me because Alex is seeing past Jacob's "evil" inheritance, seeing past that he is the nationality that is hated throughout his country. Jacob is not so bad a jew, not so bad a person.


The importance of this book is very significant. The viewpoint allows the reader to see how harsh and how real the Holocaust was. The reader is getting a first look onto how scary it was to have to be hidden, or else your life would be on hand. This book also shows the care and love that some people could have, taking in an illegal being for the well sake of their life. It’s truly beautiful how much a family could care for someone other than their own, someone who they’re appointed to avoid at all costs. From my personal perspective, this book made me understand what it was actually like being the illegal alien in the situation. Though there is nothing I could ever do to appease the Holocaust and it’s existence, I can personally understand just how serious and justified it was.