Anya begins this story by intricately describing the details of her affluent lifestyle, where “floors gleamed like gold” and “windows … shone on sunny days like uncut diamonds.” Her life was filled with exquisite belongings, laughter, and dreams, dreams that are shattered by the cold blistering reality of the larger world. As a Russian Jew living in Warsaw, Poland in 1939, Anya witnesses the devastating destruction of this affluent world, as Hitler’s troops invade her beloved home.
Anya teaches us the lessons of bravery, compassion, love, and survival. Even in the darkest moments of the Holocaust, when she endures the harshest of hardships, Anya finds strength to survive. Schaeffer writes a beautiful story with marvelous images the reader will never forget. Originally published in hardcover in 1974, this long-awaited paperback version will be welcomed by those longing to reread this heart-wrenching story.