In the summer of 1942, twenty-year-old Cioma Schonhaus joined a non-Jewish resistance network in Berlin and went into hiding with them. As a graphic artist he provided forged ID documents for Jews living illegally, like himself, in Nazi Germany. A year later, in September 1943, he was betrayed, and escaped to Switzerland, traveling on his bike.
The story, filled with the pain of losses of family and personal friends, is nevertheless told as an exciting, but dangerous adventure. The final escape, in particular, is suspenseful and thrilling. What strikes the reader most is the young man’s intelligence, alertness, and attention to the details of his surroundings. He had an unusual planning ability, in which he left nothing to chance. The book is well written. Illustrations, notes, postscript by the author.