At only nine years of age, Jack Kuper came home to find everyone in his family gone; the night before, Germans had come to his village in rural Poland and taken away all the Jews. Now alone in the world, Kuper has to change his name, forget his language, and abandon his religion in order to survive. Recounting an inconceivably difficult childhood, Kuper's gripping 1967 memoir is also the story of how a family determined to save him gives in to their fears and turns him out, forcing him to wander Nazi-occupied Poland for four years.
"Astounding…. A work that amounts to a letter from inside a nightmare.... A miraculous example of the human spirit at its most resilient."—Toronto Star