Twice-Rescued Child: An orphan tells his story of double redemption

Twice-Rescued Child: An orphan tells his story of double redemption

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Aged eight, Thomas Graumann excitedly boarded a train in Prague, Czechoslovakia, to embark on what he believed was a three-month holiday. "Go to Britain, learn English, and when the Germans leave, you can come home again," his mother assured him. Thomas carried two suitcases and a bag of food. At the time he knew his country had been taken over by the Germans and now was under Nazi control.

That was the last he would see of his mother and most of his Jewish family, who died in concentration camps. He had also never heard of Nicholas Winton, the hero who saved 669 children (Thomas was one of the last, #652), transporting them from Czechoslovakia to the UK to save their lives. This was Thomas' first rescue, aboard what became known as the Kindertransport.

His second came a year later when an evangelist from the Scottish village he was taken to for safety shared the good news of Jesus Christ with him. Saying a prayer on bent knee, Thomas' soul was rescued, and he soon dedicated himself to missionary service, which he fulfilled as an adult in the Philippines, eventually moving to the U.S.

But his missionary zeal returned after the fall of Communism-and the return of his grandmother's property to his family. Both actions ushered in a way for him to return to the Czech Republic. The former rescued child was now free to travel throughout his homeland, speaking in schools of how he was rescued ... not once, but twice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0281083126
  • 9780281083121
  • 820,404

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Moving and inspiring! Twice-Rescued Child shows how one person's actions can ripple through time. Rescued from the Holocaust by the principled courage of one man and the sacrificial love of his mother, Thomas Graumann was again rescued through faith in Christ-and dedicated his life to missions. Tricia Goyer recounts the amazing life of this incredible man. Not to be missed! * Sarah Sundin, best-selling and award-winning author of The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us * "Poignant. Powerful. Achingly real. Twice-Rescued Child is a portrait of suffering and surrender that beckons the reader to examine his or her heart, and ask: 'Where is God in the midst of darkness?' From escaping the reach of Hitler's death camps and surviving the depths of grief and loss in a post-war world, to a fully surrendered life in worldwide missions, Thomas Graumann recounts his life experiences with authenticity, wisdom, and uncommon depth. Holocaust historians will find value in the journey, as will those contemplating the call to ministry- anyone ready to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with a broken world." -- Kristy Cambron, bestselling author of The Butterfly and the Violin and the Lost Castles series "Open the pages of the Twice-Rescued Child and you will be swept into an intimate, first-person account of a Czech Jew who was rescued via the Kindertransport during the early days of the Second World War. His story is told in a way that feels like you're sharing coffee with him, hunched over a small table; you will see the war through a child's eyes, feel his confusion and experience each emotion with him. It's a simple story of a complex time that demonstrates the miracle of being rescued
not just once but twice." -- Cara Putman, ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Imperfect Justice
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About Thomas Graumann

Tricia Goyer is the mother of ten, grandmother of two, and author of more than 70 books, both fiction and non-fiction. In addition to her roles as mother, wife and author, she volunteers around her community and mentors teen mothers. More details at
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34 ratings
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