This book is the amazing true account of a boy’s survival during World War II.
Illya Okh had only just begun to enter his teenage years when he became separated from his parents during the... More > Nazi invasion of the Ukraine. Merely a child, Ilya travels about the vast expanse of the Soviet Union, hopping from trains to orphanages to prisons all while trying to reunite with his missing family.
In this true story of a youth that lived, worked, and learned to survive during the Great Patriotic War, Illya meets and grows with people lost in the upheaval. In a style marked with unexpected optimism and honesty, this surprisingly candid biography shows a different face of the the world during one of its bloodiest wars.
On the move instead of on the battlefield, Okh shares the light-hearted outlook that helped him survive all of the adverse situations that rose against him. It’s a story seldom told, yet impossible to forget.< Less