|Silver Sword, the (1956) [Novel]|
by Ian Serraillier
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(From the publisher):
This is a war story, based upon fact, about a family in Poland. When the Nazis came, men and women were carried off to prison camps and children left alone, homeless, to fend for themselves. In this case, first the father, then the mother, were taken away, their home was blown up, and their three children fled for their lives. They were Ruth, Edek, and Bronia, and they joined up with another boy, Jan, who had become a clever thief who could slip in and out of all sorts of places unnoticed. They, and many other children, lived in constant danger of death by shooting, or the cold, or starvation; but they struggled on, and many would not yield to the temptation to lie, steal, or even kill, just to keep alive. Jan and the three Balickis survived the war, and set out on the hopeless-seeming task of finding their parents. They made their own way from Poland to Germany and on to Switzerland, a hard, hard journey.
Original title: The Silver Sword
Alternative titles: Escape from Warsaw
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ WWII Holocaust, And Aftermath