Description: The story of a 14-year old boy in the Warsaw ghetto who is determined to be a survivor. His Aryan looks and reckless temperament are a help but the price will be almost intolerably high. He is to lose every member of his family and every close companion of his journey.
He will know the sewers and the barbed wire whip; he will escape from the crammed and waterless cattle truck-and be recaptured; he will be made to undress the victims of the gas chambers: he is one of the very few survivors of the rising at Treblinka. Gideon has had to change his whole identity, even to himself. It is what he seeks to reclaim, his lost Jewishness especially, when he sets down the tale for his own descendants.