This is the unbelievable autobiographical story of Ruth Uzrad, a Jewish teenager whose life was turned upside down by the Nazi regime. After her father was arrested one night from their Berlin apartment by the Gestapo, Ruth’s mother sends 13 year-old Ruth and her two younger sisters out on their escape route across Europe by train to the safety of Belgium.
Editorial Reviews From the Author This book describes the coming of age of an ordinary girl who, when 12-years-old, is thrown into an impossible reality. She is cut off from her family and forced to learn a new language and adapt to a new and dangerous life situation. Despite these harrowing conditions and the strangeness and danger that lurk in every corner, she never loses hope. It is a story of outstanding determination, bravery, and resourcefulness. Despite the difficulty and the cruel reality, she never lost her humanity. It is a book about hope and faith in humanity and in the good that triumphs over evil.
Ruth (Schutz) Uzrad was born in Berlin in 1925, the eldest of three daughters, to a religious Jewish family. During WWII she escaped to Belgium and continued her flight to the south of France, where she spent her teenage years before finally arriving in Israel in 1945. In Israel she became a pioneer and founder of a new kibbutz on the conflict-ridden northern border, in close proximity to Syria. In later years, she studied nursing and became the kibbutz nurse. Together with her husband, David, she raised four sons. She passed away in 2015 at the age of 90, leaving behind a large family, including many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.