Reluctant soldier

Friedmann, Jakob


A Jewish partisan’s story


As soon as the Major saw me, we hugged and kissed each other, and he said, ′Janek, you know what? When I heard that there was someone they suspected of being a German, I straightaway thought of you. You were the best German we had!′

In October 1942, as the Wlodawa Ghetto is being liquidated, a teenage boy encourages a few others to escape with him into the forests. So begins an amazing sequence of events, disguises and changed identities. Jakob Friedmann shows endless courage and determination in outsmarting the Germans and creating a new life for himself.