Surviving with Wolves: The Most Extraordinary Story of World War II

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Portrait, 2005 - Children of disappeared persons - 245 pages
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Misha was seven years old when the Nazis took her Jewish parents away from her. It was 1941 in German-occupied Belgium. She was given a new name, a new home, a new religion to save her from the Germans. She did not know what had happened to her parents only that they had gone East. Misha decided to go and find them, alone and on foot, she crossed Belgium, Germany and Poland and survived by hiding in forests and stealing food from farmhouses. Close to death and starving she was befriended by a family of wolves, eating and playing with wolf cubs and protected by the wolf cubs mother. These were th happiest moments of her troubled life. Misha always believed she would eventually find her parents, and kept on walking for four years. She encounted unspeakable horrors along the way and at one point, she was forced to kill a German soldier to save her own life. Eventually, via the Ukraine, Romania and Italy, she found her way home to Belgium.

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Regardless of the controversy surrounding the validity or not of this book,this memoir left me incredulous – at two levels. Firstly, that young Misha, the seven year old Jewish girl could journey as ... Read full review

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On February 29, 2008 the author of this book revealed in a Boston Globe article that her story is a total lie. She is not Jewish and lived safely during the war years in Brussels. She and her co-author, Vera Lee as well as their publisher, Jane Daniel of Gloucester, MA should all burn in hell, but first pay retribution to all of those who know this story first hand because they lived it for real! My father ended up in Buchenwald after running through the woods for days. If anyone reading this knows Misha Defonseca of Dudley MA or any above mentioned, please tell them that they need to reflect deeply on the pain their lies cause others. Also note, there is a movie from this book coming out in France called "Survivire avec les Loups". I include the French director in my list of those that need to repent since they were noted in the Globe article as saying "No matter if it's true or not-...they believe it is anyway... it is a beautiful story! Ban the book, ban the movie, spread the word! 


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