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Kosinski, Jerzy N.
New York : Grove Press, 1995.
ISBN: 080213422X
The boy has been sent away by his parents, sent to the countryside to escape the worst of the war.  He is six.  It is eastern Europe, 1939. The boys parents, because of their pre-war anti-Nazi activities, fear for  their lives and go into hiding.  In the turmoil of war and occupation, they lose touch with the man who placed their son in the village.  The boy is sent to his foster mother, who dies within two months.  War has disrupted the primitive conditions of the village, people who have lived the way of their grandparents.  Because of his dark eyes and hair, his olive skin, the peasants of the village think he is a gypsy, or a Jew "stray," although he speaks the language of the educated classes.  Alone, with no one to care for him, he survives--miraculously, against not only the depravity of war, but also human evil and human kindness in all its forms.  As a reaction to the events he witnesses, he becomes mute.  He is lost in the age-old world of human behavior, without a guide, without knowing what will become of him, always on the run. (Stacy Charlesbois,  Adult & Young Adult Services Librarian,,  Farmington Community Library, Farmington, Michigan)
SUBJECTS:     Poland -- History --  Fiction
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- Eastern Europe --  Fiction
                        Abandoned children --  Fiction
                        Autobiographical fiction.
                        War stories


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