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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
I Am Juden: Undercover in the SS is a work of exciting historical fiction set during the events of the Second World War, penned by author Stephen Uzzell. In a story inspired by the real-life events of undercover war hero Haim Michael Klar, we meet our own heroic main character Jozef Siegler at a difficult time in his life. After fleeing the Nazis with his sister Shoshana, Josef loses her and is determined to find her, despite the nations around him being on the edge of war. When he discovers the dead body of a German SS Officer, he has a choice. His decision to impersonate the Oberfuhrer sends him on an epic quest of rescue, espionage, and secrecy in the depths of the world’s biggest war.
Bringing such difficult material as the Holocaust into fiction can be precarious, but author Stephen Uzzell works both sensitively and with superb historical research on the topic. His central character, Josef, is written with great heart and personality, making him a vulnerable but incredible hero that readers can closely relate to, even as he so convincingly pretends to be someone else for most of the book. The atmosphere of war-torn Germany, Lithuania, and the concentration camps is harrowingly bleak and brought to life on every page by little details and cleverly crafted atmosphere, and not a moment is wasted in bringing this plot to life. Though I Am Juden is an epic read, every page is worth it and brings a new layer of intensity to the story as a whole.