Non­fic­tion

Two Wheels to Free­dom: The Sto­ry of a Young Jew, Wartime Resis­tance, and a Dar­ing Escape

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2023

The extra­or­di­nary true sto­ry of a young Jew­ish art stu­dent who not just sur­vived but resist­ed and saved hun­dreds of lives — all while retain­ing his infec­tious zeal for life.

Cioma Schon­haus was 11 years old when the Nazis first came to pow­er. His clev­er­ness and resource­ful­ness even­tu­al­ly made him an unlike­ly hero and bon vivant.

As a young adult, Cioma sab­o­taged weapons in the muni­tions fac­to­ry where he worked, and as a trained artist, Cioma mas­ter­ful­ly forged fake IDs for sev­er­al hun­dred Jews. When he learned the Gestapo was clos­ing in on him, Cioma mas­ter­mind­ed a sin­gu­lar­ly dar­ing escape: spend­ing a month bik­ing to Switzer­land. He became the only per­son to cycle his way out of the Third Reich.

Beau­ti­ful­ly writ­ten and deeply sat­is­fy­ing, Two Wheels to Free­dom is a sto­ry of sur­vival and resis­tance unlike any oth­er. Arthur J. Magi­da cap­tures Cioma’s exu­ber­ance, charm, spunk, and courage. Two Wheels to Free­dom is an exhil­a­rat­ing read that by turns illu­mi­nates and inspires.

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