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Adult Nonfiction
Pages: 296
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/May/2010
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For six desperate years, Willie Sterner's skill as a painter saves him from death at the hands of the Nazis. Faced with inhumane conditions in slave labour camps and grieving the loss of his close-knit family, Sterner relies on courage and ingenuity to hold onto his dignity. Through almost random luck, he comes under the protection of the famed Oskar Schindler and becomes his personal art restorer. An unvarnished account of what he experienced and what he lost, The Shadows Behind Me also follows the story of Willie and Eva—the woman he meets on a death march—as they rebuild their lives and regain hope in Canada. Gripping and moving, this is a tribute to one man’s remarkable determination to survive.

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