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

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

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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 Jewish parents were taken away from their home in Belgium by the Nazis.

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.

Alone, Misha crossed Belgium, Germany and Poland on foot - hiding in woods, stealing scraps of food - until, close to starvation, she was adopted by a family of wolves.

She ate and played with the wolf cubs, and was protected by their mother.

Thanks to the wolves, she survived the war, and eventually found her way home via the Ukraine, Romania and Italy.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 4pp b&w plates
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780749950897



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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 she did, hungry often starving, blistered, alone and yet survive. She travelled across three thousand miles through Nazi occupied Europe - a trek that defies belief and yet reflects the strength of the human spirit.Secondly that man’s inhumanity to man was so evident and that a child of seven should have witnessed so much murder, brutality and even rape. Yet there is hope in this - the wolves of the forest were to be relied upon – Misha lived with wolves and became a wolf in body and spirit. She learns to be at one with the pups and their mother but even this experience is terribly marred by the actions of man.Inspirational and honest as she shares insights into her life in far off America her journey through life remains challenging. Yet her hope shines through as in the following quote… ‘I shook with fear again one September 11th on soil that I’d believed was safe from war. Did I have to begin running again? I didn’t run. I started writing again …’ As to the final words dear reader – read them for yourself – you will not be disappointed.