Before he was 12, Boris Kotler’s idyllic life was shattered when the Germans invaded his Polish town, eventually forcing all its Jews into a ghetto. Despite his mother’s heroic efforts to keep her family together, they were separated and each was left to survive alone. For more than two years, Boris lived by his wits, hiding in the forest and fields, stealing scraps of food from farm animals, sometimes helped by local farmers, but always wary to avoid Nazis and other Poles who would have killed him. After many close calls, Boris was eventually reunited with his mother and sister – three of only 35 survivors of the town’s 5,000 Jews.
Join us as Boris shares his amazing story of determination, courage, and survival.
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