Richard Rashke is a lecturer and author of non-fiction books including The Whistleblower’s Dilemma: Snowden, Silkwood and Their Quest for the Truth, Escape from Sobibor, The Killing of Karen Silkwood, and Useful Enemies: John Demjanjuk and America's Open-Door Policy For Nazi War Criminals. His works have been translated into eleven languages and have been the subject of movies for screen and television. He is also an alto sax player and composer. He lives in Washington, D.C.
In 1943, Esther Terner and 300 other Jews escaped from Sobibor, a Nazi death camp. It was the biggest escape of WWII and the subject of Rashke's book, ESCAPE FROM SOBIBOR. The book, and movie based on it, brought Esther many invitations to speak in public schools. Her story generated hundreds of letters from children expressing their concern and outrage. Those letters inspired DEAR ESTHER.