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Название: Surviving with wolves: the most extraordinary story of World War II
Автор: Defonseca M.
She writes: "The real me still sleeps in the woods with my furry friends. I have buried my past life for 50 years"...
As an 8-year-old child, she walked for four years, across 3,000 miles, from Belgium through eight Nazi-occupied countries in search of her parents, and along the way was befriended by wolves.
In 1941, when Misha was 7, her parents, Belgian Jews, were arrested and she was hidden in a "safe home." But when she overheard her stepmother planning to turn her over to the Germans, she ran away.
Hiding in forests,she survived by stealing from farm kitchens, pilfering crops in fields, and eating wild plants. In the course of her travels, she lived with a pack of wolves.
She writes of being captured by partisans, trapped in the infamous Warsaw ghetto,and being forced to knife a Nazi soldier to death in self-defense after she witnessed him rape and shoot a young girl.
Although she never found her parents, she survived the Holocaust because she shunned humans and played mute, and embraced her furry friends.
As she saw humanity crumble around her,she found solace, a superior ability to find food, and a tender, enveloping warmth in the company of wolves. And it was the start of a great love.
Eventually, she was accepted into the wolf community and the "mummy wolf" replaced her lost mother. If she straggled behind the pack, the mummy wolf would cautiously watch her.
SHE WRITES: "I was human only in appearance. I had become a wolf and a pup. ... With them, I forgot the horrors of the war."
Rejected by mainstream society after the war because she says "I stank like a dog."