This is a gripping story of Gerstein's childhood during the Nazi occupation of Hungary, of huddling in a coal basement with the neighbors while bombs dropped overhead, and not know what was going to happen next. Throughout all the horror, there are also tales of heroism, including a tenant who ran to the front to find a doctor for a seriously ill Susan, who nearly succumed to pneumonia, and would have, if not for the bravery of that man. Written from the viewpoint of young Susan, who was born in 1940, the book is hard to put down. It's one thing to read the story in a history book, it's quite another to feel what Susan felt as she huddled in that coal basement for months, waiting to die, and knowing that her grandparents were probably already dead, despite the adults trying to soothe her worries. I highly recommend this book. It's a treasure.