Under the Yellow & Red Stars

By Alex Levin and Naomi Azrieli and Sara Horowitz

The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs

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I feel my brother’s hand, trembling but strong, grab onto mine. I hear his words, urging me to run, take hold of my body and move my legs. We run, his hand holding mine … it feels like freedom.

Under the Yellow and Red Stars is a remarkable story of survival, coming of age and homecoming after years as a stranger in a strange land. Alex Levin was only ten years old when he ran deep into the forest after the Germans invaded his hometown of Rokitno. He emerged from hiding eighteen months later to find that he had neither parents nor a community to return to. A harrowing tale of escape, endurance and exceptional emotional resilience, Levin’s story also draws us into his later life as an officer and eventual outcast in the USSR, and as an immigrant who successfully builds a new life in Canada. This poetically written memoir is imbued with loss and pain, but also with the optimistic spirit of a boy determined to survive against all odds.


Publication Date: June 1, 2009

Reading Age: Adult

Genre: Adult Nonfiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 208

ISBN: 9781897470077

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