In a Polish ghetto, Max Rosen and his sister Zena struggle to live after their father is taken away by the Nazis. With barely enough food to survive, the siblings make a daring escape from Nazi soldiers into the nearby forest.

Max and Zena are brought to a safe camp by Jewish resistance fighters. But soon, bombs are falling all around them. Can Max and Zena survive the fallout of the Nazi invasion?


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Did You Know...Facts about the Nazi Invasion, 1944
  • In the 1930s, a large number of Germans were poor and desperate; it was during this time that Adolf Hitler rose to power. He stood in front of huge crowds of Germans and made a big promise that he would lead Germany back to strength after their defeat in World War I. And many people, hungry for change, put their faith in him.
  • Jewish people tried to leave Europe when Hitler came to power, but since most nations had very strict rules about immigration, the majority of them had nowhere they could go. When World War II officially began, leaving Europe became even more difficult.
  • In order to survive, the Jewish partisans built secret camps deep in the forests, with underground dwellings that were almost invisible even to someone walking nearby. They scrounged for food, often forced to steal from local farmers or from Nazi food warehouses. Above all, they worked together to survive.
  • The largest and most famous Jewish partisan camp was organized by three brothers, Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski. In addition to fighting Nazis, the Bielskis rescued and protected more than 1,200 Jewish men, women, and children.
  • World War II officially ended on September 2, 1945 when Japan surrendered to the Allied troops. By then, Hitler had already taken his own life and hundreds of thousands of survivors were freed from concentration camps.


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