This is the story of how two young boys — one Jewish, the other not– survive when they suddenly find themselves without homes or families in Vienna on the eve of World War II. The best friends meet all types: the good who work to save people and end the occupation; the bad who force people to do terrible things; and the indifferent who watch and do nothing.
This important book published in 1940 is believed to be the first in any language about what was happening under the Nazi regime. It gives a chilling portrait of a world descending into madness as experienced by two innocent children. As terrifying as their experiences were, the story was written at a time when the full horror of Hitler’s reign was yet to be realized.