On September 27, 1939, after the Nazi invasion, Poland ceased to exist as a nation. Ten-year-old Hanna DavidsonÆs father, Simon, and older brother, Kazik, had been drafted to defend Warsaw. Hanna and her mother, Sofia, found themselves subjected to HitlerÆs efforts to dehumanize PolandÆs Jewish population. There seemed no choice but to submit to a ruthless tyranny.
Learning that Simon and Kazik were alive in the Soviet-occupied zone of Poland, Hanna and her mother decided to risk a harrowing escape from Nazi Poland into safer Soviet territory. With only the clothes on their backs, they fled their apartment to face a daunting crossing and the threat of persecution under Stalin's regime.
As recounted by Hanna, the DavidsonsÆ journey into the Soviet interior makes for an extraordinary story. More than a memoir of survival, their story is clearly one of a family whose spirit could not be destroyed by persecution, war, famine, or political oppression.