Holocaust Theme. Synopsis - Ziemian, a former prisoner in the Warsaw Ghetto, tells here a true story of both despair and astonishing bravery. In 1943, a group of children stayed alive by escaping from the ghetto to the Aryan side, where they sold black-market cigarettes and sang (sometimes to Nazi soldiers), all the while somehow managing to conceal their true identity. Often, they were starving. Their families were killed or deported. But this group of children stayed together, worked together, and cared for each other. (A number survived, and they maintained their close friendship even as adults). Most stories of the Holocaust are painful to read, and rightly so. This book is also difficult, but it's such a powerful story of human courage and creativity that it gives us life, too.