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By Bernat Rosner, Fritz Tubach

In 1944, 13-year-old Fritz Tubach was once nearly the right age to affix the Hitler early life in his German village of Kleinheubach. that very same yr in Tab, Hungary, 12-year-old Bernie Rosner was once loaded onto a educate with the remainder of the village's Jewish population and brought to Auschwitz, the place his complete kin used to be murdered. decades later, after having fun with profitable lives in California, they met, grew to become neighbors, and made up our minds to proportion their intimate tale, that of 2 boys trapped in evil and damaging instances, who turned males with the liberty to build their very own destiny, with one another and the realm. In a brand new epilogue, the authors proportion how the ebook of the ebook replaced their lives and the lives of the numerous humans they've got met due to publishing their tale.

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Experienced such a hold-up ourselves. After traveling by train to a point not too far from the border, we hired a horse and wagon to take us to a border village. In that village we located a peasant who agreed to smuggle us into the Russian sector for a cash fee which seemed reasonable to us. At about 7 o'clock that evening we set out from the village on foot, accompanied by our peasant guide. It was dark and the highway was deserted. Suddenly, shadows materialized from the darkness. " a voice said in Polish.

No air raid shelters had been set up. People took cover in cellars. Before the war, these cellars had served as storage places for sacks of potatoes, bins of coal and stacks of firewood. Now they had become temporary homes for whole families, complete with tables, chairs and cots. 33 Most of Warsaw's grocery stores had sold out their stock and had closed down, but people still formed endless lines in front of bakeries, waiting all day and all night for a loaf of bread, refusing to take shelter even when the air-raid sirens went off.

Pela bravely stuck to the story that Ben was probably in Palestine by now. My parents-in-law seemed skeptical, but they asked no further questions about Ben. While Pela and I had been away, my father had taken in a guest, an old business associate, Frank Piasecki, of Poznan. Mr. Piasecki had been one of the Polish Gentiles 58 whom the Germans had expelled from their home towns in order to make room for citizens of the German Reich. In addition to inviting Mr. Piasecki to live with him until he could find a place of his own in Warsaw, my father had helped him set up a small store in one of the city's better neighborhoods, where he sold luggage, handbags and other leather goods.

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