Susie Weksler was only eight years old when the Nazis invaded her city of Vilnius, Lithuania.
The family would be forced to endure starvation and fear, and she describes the experience of hiding with other Jewish families and children in the Malina (the underground tunnels and sewers of Vilnius), where she describes the death of a baby who was smothered when his father tried to keep him quiet.
Worse was to come.
With the help of her mother who saved her by disguising her as being 16 years old when she was only ten, and filled her with a strong spirit of survival, Susie survived three concentration camps, and a "death march".
The book describes heart wrenching and disturbing scenes of the horrors imposed upon the victims of the Nazi inferno, scenes you will never forget.
The death camp where Susie and her mother were interned was liberated in January 1945, only three of her family had survived.
The book included the English translations of the poems Susie wrote in the ghetto and the camps.
They are powerful and inspiring and show a gem of a spirit:
The Time is Not Far
There will come a time
and the time is not far
when from east and west,
from every side
light will arrive
and a warm wind
and the clouds will
all disappear quickly
Oh, believe me my friend,
the time is not far.
This is one of the richest, most descriptive and engaging accounts by survivors of the Holocaust and I would strongly recommend it as a high school set work book.
Susie immigrated to Israel in 1950, where she did her military service and married and still lives today.
Her mother died in 1974.
Most Holocaust survivors and most descendants of Holocaust survivors live in Israel today.