Run­ning from Giants: The Holo­caust Through The Eyes of a Child

  • From the Publisher
June 16, 2014

Com­bin­ing prose with pow­er­ful imagery, Run­ning from Giants fol­lows a young boy’s strug­gle to sur­vive in Nazi occu­pied Europe, from the forests where he and his broth­ers once hap­pi­ly played, to the hor­rors of the ghet­to. While the nar­ra­tive pro­pels us through Sru­lik’s grip­ping true sto­ry, the black-and-white art reveals his jour­ney through the imag­i­na­tion of a child caught in a land of giants.

The sto­ry opens with Sru­lik Ack­er­man enjoy­ing a peace­ful child­hood in the Pol­ish town of Nowosi­ol­ki, until the Nazi whirl­wind blows in leav­ing ten-year-old Sru­lik sud­den­ly and bru­tal­ly alone. An eye­wit­ness to the hor­rors of the Holo­caust, Sru­lik nar­row­ly escapes death sev­er­al times, only to make a final des­per­ate bid for free­dom dur­ing a fiery revolt in the ghetto.

Mar­gare­ta Ack­er­man was aston­ished when she learned that her grand­fa­ther, Sru­lik, was a Holo­caust sur­vivor. How had he over­come the past with his cheer­ful atti­tude and time­less smilein­tact? In Run­ning from Giants, she retells his amaz­ing sto­ry, with its pro­found mes­sage about the incred­i­ble strength of the human spirit.

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