Alone in the Storm

Alone in the Storm


by Leslie Vertes

In wartime Budapest, Leslie Vertes escapes from the forced labour service. As he lives under false identity documents, each day he survives feels like a miracle. Yet when liberation day arrives, he barely has time to revel in his freedom before the new Soviet regime whisks him back into captivity. After two back-breaking years of labour, Leslie is released, but when his life is threatened again during the 1956 Hungarian uprising, Leslie realizes that he will not feel truly free until he leaves the country. 

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About the Author

Leslie Vertes was born in Ajak, Hungary, in 1924. After the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, Leslie fled Budapest with his wife, Vera, and their son, George, arriving in Canada in 1957. Leslie had a long, successful career in the shoe industry in Montreal. Since his retirement, Leslie has been actively involved in Holocaust education and has volunteered for various organizations. In 2015, he received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in recognition of his volunteerism and contributions to the community.

Product Information

  • Release: December 15, 2015
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 192 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781897470886

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