Dramatic tale of hidden identity and escape during WWII, and of the rich fabric of pre-war Jewish life in Poland. Yasha Garbuz was raised in a complex cultural mix of Pinsk, speaking Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish and Russian, where Zionists, socialists, Russians and Poles interacted. Drafted into Polish Army, taken prisoner in 1939, for five years, in the heart of Nazi Germany, Yasha hid his Jewish identity, escaping at the last minute in a train to Switzerland. He fulfills his dream to move to Israel, and starts a new life. Translated from the Hebrew by eBenBrandeis.