“My nightmare began in the least likely place: The place of my birth and idyllic yet humble childhood.”
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A story of love, war, and self-forgiveness amid the backdrop of Nazi occupied Poland. The first in a series, the brutally honest and suspenseful story of Anna, a teenage Hasidic Jew living a simple, but happy life in her small village in south-eastern Poland. That all changes the day the dreaded death squads arrive in her village the summer of 1941.
After barely escaping her own execution, Anna somehow finds the strength to go on, living a nomad existence, taking shelter wherever she can. She searches for any living family and eventually finds an aunt and cousins. Temporarily she lives a normal existence as part of their family, until her aunt makes a tragic decision.
Eventually Anna Joins a band of Jewish partisans. Here she discovers first love, and learns to kill and steal- unfortunate necessities of survival.
During Anna's journey of tragedy and sorrow, she is still able to find moments of beauty, even as she struggles with her faith.
In this first installment, Anna briefly meets the man who will come to play a vital role in her life- a man with whom she will develop a most unlikely relationship, and who will hold her life in his hands.