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During the Second World War, Nazi troops were taking over Europe and invading countries; hundreds of thousands of Jews tried to escape the brutal repression. Most of them did not escape and died instead in concentration camps in various European countries. This is the remarkable story of the Kaplan family's escape from Lithuania: across Russia and Siberia by train; crossing over to Japan; and finally, aboard a ship to Vancouver and on to a farm outside Cornwall.
Despite imminent danger and approaching war, young Igor, his sister Nomi and their parents Bernard and Nadja obtained a visa that allowed them to leave Lithuania and travel to safety. All along the way, they saw other families who were not as lucky.
This riveting book is accompanied by archival and family photographs, historical sidebars, a glossary, maps and archival documents such as the visa issued by the Japanese Consul in Lithuania. Stephen Taylor's soft-coloured pastel illustrations add a warm and intimate feeling.