WILDFLOWERS OF TEREZIN
In Denmark’s darkest days, is it duty, faith . . . or love?
Danish Lutheran Pastor Steffen Petersen’s complacent faith is stretched to the breaking point when he meets young Jewish nurse Hanne Abrahamsen. Following Hanne's example, Pastor Steffen becomes deeply involved in Resistance efforts to save Denmark’s Jews from the Nazi prison camp at Terezin, Poland—also known as Theresienstadt.
Challenged by his activist brother, Henning, and swayed by his own attraction to Hanne, Pastor Steffen abandons his formerly quiet, uninvolved life and hesitantly volunteers to help smuggle Denmark’s Jews out of the country before a Nazi roundup. Steffen finds that helping his Jewish neighbors is the most decent, spiritual thing he has ever done. As he actually does God’s work―rather than just talking about it―Steffen’s faith deepens and he takes greater risks.
When things go terribly wrong and Hanne is sent to Terezin, Steffen finds his heart fully engaged. He undertakes protests and rescues that are more and more dangerous, never imagining where it will lead them, or the ultimate cost of his decision to get directly involved.
ROBERT ELMER is a former pastor, reporter, and ad copywriter who now writes from the home he shares with his wife Ronda in northern Idaho. He is the author of over fifty books, including eight contemporary novels for the adult Christian audience and several series for younger readers. Combined, his books have sold more than half a million copies worldwide. Like his popular “Young Underground” youth series, Wildflowers of Terezin was inspired by stories Robert heard from his Denmark-born parents and family. When he’s not sailing or enjoying the outdoors, Robert often travels the country speaking to school and writers groups. He currently lives in Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho.
A Note from Bob:
Sometimes you hear authors say a certain book comes straight from their heart. Well, this is that book—the one I've always wanted to write. It connects deeply with my family's roots in Denmark. And at the risk of sounding like a cliché, I have to tell you this really was a labor of love. So I hope you enjoy the story of a complacent Danish pastor, a woman who risks it all, and a country in crisis…