Through personal accounts, Susan Bulanda has compiled a collection of stories about the pets of the Holocaust victims. This is a unique look at a part of history that has not been told before. The book is a wonderful example of the human/animal bond. Accounts come from Hungary, Poland, Belgium, Holland, Romania, France and Yugoslavia. The accounts are grouped by country and at the beginning of each group is a brief history of what was happening in the country at that time. The book is an example of the spirit of hope, compassion, and survival. You will laugh, cry and cheer. A must have book for all history lovers, pet lovers and those who are interested in true stories.
Susan gives an overview of the book:
"Dogs were not allowed in the ghetto, so as we passed through the gates, the soldiers chased Bogar, trying to hit him. I tried to run back to go to him, but my father held me by the arm and forced me to stay with him. I had never felt so helpless.
I thought I heard Bogar yelp, but I could not be sure since I could not see him and we had no idea where he was or what happened to him. . . . . For three weeks we were kept in the ghetto in Hajduhadhaz where we lived in someone's small summer home. After three weeks we were herded out of the ghetto and forced to walk to the train station in Hauduhadhaz.
I looked around as I left the ghetto. I am not sure if I wanted to see Bogar or was hoping that the would be gone. I couldn't stop from looking. As we left the ghetto, to our surprise, Bogar was right there beside us. . .