Jewish Values: Along the Tracks
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Translated from the Hebrew by Michael Swirsky, this novel achieves cinematic scope as it recounts the adventures of a Jewish boy during the Holocaust. Teen-age Yankel is separated from his family as they flee Poland after the Nazi invasion. In his dangerous journey through the Soviet Union, Yankel endures four years on his own, living with teenage gangs, sent to and running away from state orphanages, depending more and more on his own resources to stay alive. His odyssey is a memorable survival story, distinguished by vivid characters and a gripping blend of imaginative and historical details.
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