Surviving With Wolves

Surviving With Wolves

The Most Extraordinary Story of World War II

Book - 2005
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One of the most extraordinary and poignant survival stories to come out of World War II; Misha was only six years old when her parents were taken away from their home in Belgium to Auschwitz. She was given a new name, a new home, and forced into a new religion. No one told her why her parents were no longer with her, only that they had gone East. So one day, equipped only with a tiny compass and a few provisions, she set out East to find them. Misha crossed Belgium, Germany and Poland on foot alone - until, close to starvation in a vast forest, she was adopted by a family of wolves. She ate and played with the wolf cubs, and was protected by their mother. Finally, at the end of the war, she found her way home to Belgium via the Ukraine, Romania and Italy. She never found her parents.
Publisher: London : Portrait, 2005.
ISBN: 9780749950613
Characteristics: 245 p. :,ill.
Additional Contributors: Lee, Vera


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Jan 02, 2016

This book should be in the fiction section since the author has admitted it is not true. What a disgraceful thing to do.

Oct 09, 2015

SPOILER ALERT: this is a totally engaging yet unbelievable story of the author's survival of living with wolves during World War II. The subtitle, "The most extraordinary story of World War II" is so true because the author has admitted it to be a total fabrication!! That her parents were taken away as part of the Belgian resistance and executed by the Nazis after they gave up some information partly explains her psychological problems (being called as a child ' the daughter of a traitor'). In the author's own words, "(the book) was my way of surviving."
OK then, the story is clearly pure fiction: how could a 7 year old child travel for 4 years through 7 countries while surviving on dirt, carrion and leaves, be nurtured by wolves and stab a Nazi soldier to death among other unbelievable adventures??
If read as total fiction then there are a few good passages but even they are very exaggerated. The story line is engaging and entertaining but overall simply unbelievable, even as fiction.
Perhaps its only merit is its unique story and some of the interesting life lessons that occur in her journey. Examples: "Don't be afraid of being afraid." "You never see an animal waging war. An animal kills only for food. Humans kill for any reason, not just for food." When trying to find food, she shows some wisdom when she says,"you keep going because you always believe that beyond that tree, you'll find a sign pointing you in the right direction." When trying to continue her journey despite her pain, she says "pain wasn't in charge, I was."
An interesting but perhaps a disturbing book given the author's untruths.
Happy to see that the library has finally classified it as fiction! The author has been ordered by the courts to pay back $2.5 million to her publisher.

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