Lonek's Journey: The True Story of a Boy's Escape to Freedom

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In 1939, Lonek, age 11, escaped from Nazi-occupied Poland, but was deported to a Soviet gulag. This began a two-year journey over thousands of miles to find freedom. True story.

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Dr. Dorit Bader Whiteman escaped as a child from Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938. She received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from NYU and has worked extensively with children both as a teacher and as a psychologist. She is the author of The Uprooted: A Hitler Legacy and Escape via Siberia, the adult edition of Loneks story.

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Grade 5-8–When Lonek was 11, his family tried to evade capture by the Nazis by going into hiding, first to a hole dug under a remote barn and then to a Russian-occupied city where they hoped to blend in with its citizens. Fatefully, they were discovered and deported to Siberia, barely surviving weeks on a crowded freight train. Lonek became the resourceful one at the cold and stark gulag, finding ways to supplement the family's food supply with fish and berries. When the prisoners were freed and told to find their own way home, his family settled in a Russian city, but were so poor that his mother left him on the doorstep of an orphanage. Through diplomatic efforts, the orphans were sent to Palestine where they were welcomed and provided with caregivers and education. An afterword tells briefly about Lonek's adult life, his parents' remarkable survival, and their reunion with their son 10 years later. Historical facts are added in small doses as they relate to the protagonist's situation, and offer insight to the plight of Jewish refugees. The story is written from Lonek's point of view and filled with the wide-eyed wonder of each new circumstance and the optimism of a child, although captioned photographs and a glossary remind readers how lucky he was to have survived.–Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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