Written by Jaap Ter Haar
It was hunger that drove 12 year-old Boris and his friend Nadia to forage for potatoes in the off-limit No-Man’s land that separated the Russian and German lines around the besieged city of Leningrad.
But the long walk in the bitter cold through miles of ice and snow proved too difficult for Nadia. As she lay on the ice, collapsed from cold and exhaustion, Boris was at his wits end. Help came from a German patrol, which rescued the children and delivered them safely to the Russian lines.
This is when Boris learned that the hated enemies were not all monsters - just ordinary men - and that in times of war, everyone is hurt. Set during the dreadful 500 days in 1942-1943, when the city lay under siege by the German army, and when hundreds of thousands perished. Boris is the story of a courageous boy who faces the bitter life-and-death realities of war and human survival, and, with a growing sense of compassion for all mankind looks hopefully toward the future when all men can lay down their arms and embrace one another as fellow men.
Paperback, 130 pages, Illustrated
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