The Trumpets of Jericho is really two novels in one, the rousing story of one of the more remarkable episodes in the annals of Jewish resistance to the Nazis-- the prisoner uprising at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in October, 1944-- and the just as inspiring account of the four young women, little more than girls actually, arrested and brutally tortured for their role in the revolt. As one of the driving forces behind the latter, Roza Robota, arguably the greatest Jewish heroine to come out of the Holocaust yet all but unknown to this day, is brought to vivid and long overdue life. Prepare to meet her and the rest of the heroes, and villains, in this epochal saga that will both thrill and horrify you at the heights and depths our unpredictable species is capable of reaching. In Trumpets, the historian J. Michael Dolan has produced a work that he believes will stir you as deeply as its subject has him. In conjunction with bringing this epic tale to light (the first novel to do so), he explores, among other themes, religion and the existence of God, the psychology of genocide, friendship and romantic love, sexual and other pathologies, the nature of good and evil, right and wrong. Above all, he shows how the most monstrous crime ever committed was in the end no match for the indomitability, the grandeur of the human spirit.
About the Author
Fascinated from an early age by the Holocaust, J. Michael Dolan has used his talents as a historian and novelist to bring the heroic if little-known story he sets forth in Trumpets to life. A traveler in his youth, he has lived in many places, some of them exotic, but recently moved outside of Austin, Texas both to be near his family and because it is a magnet of a city for the freethinking young-- or in his case, the young at heart. Taking a break from the horrors of the Holocaust but not the fertile ground of Jewish history, he is currently working on a novel set in the Roman-occupied Palestine of the 1st century A.D.