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Publisher's Summary

When Poland is invaded in WWII, the Gold family sticks together in horrific conditions to survive.

It’s 1942, and the Nazis are rounding up Jews in the Polish town of Pinczow for transport to the Treblinka death camp. Leib and Hanna Gold thought they had more time to develop an escape plan. While Leib leaves to negotiate a hiding place, Hanna and their children, Shoshana, Esther, and 12-year-old David, steal away in the night to find shelter with a family friend. Leib promises to join them in the morning, but when daylight breaks, Leib had vanished. Hanna must flee to a safer refuge or she and her children will perish.

So begins a true story of terror, suspense, and deplorable hardship that lasts more than two years. In a place where everyone is afraid, neighbors turn on neighbors, gentiles betray Jews, and Jews victimize each other, hoping to survive the Holocaust. David Gold's memories of his formative years during World War II are captured by his niece, author Ella Burakowski, in this heart-stopping testament to the human spirit.

Learn more about the book and see historic photos of the Gold family at

©2015 Ella Burakowski (P)2021 Second Story Press

Critic Reviews

“ affirmation of human courage.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“The story of a Polish-Jewish family forced into hiding from the Nazis is by its very nature compelling, and the Golds’ familial bond and undaunted spirits are commendable....” (Publishers Weekly

“Even though the subject matter is difficult, the portrayal of the characters is dynamic and heartwarming.... A fine purchase to support curriculum related to World War II and Holocaust studies.” (School Library Journal

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