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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492330965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492330967
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An amazing story of child survival. It makes one marvel at the strength and resilience of the human spirit." -Nancy L. Segal, PhD., author of Born Together-Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study.

"Powerful beyond belief. An inspiring story of a child's extraordinary courage and ability to survive the horrors of the holocaust in body, mind, and spirit." -Karina Schumann, PhD., Psychologist. 

"It is a gift to future generations." -Jodi Ellis, Amazon Review. 


"It is not only the feeling of renewed optimism - despite the Holocaust scheme - that makes this book unique. The prose is accompanied by illustrations that help encapsulate the words on the page perfectly. Each piece of original artwork deepens the relationship between text and reader. The relationship between the propose, the illustrations, and the poems is presented as a hybrid piece that has roots in the graphs novels "A Contract with God" by Will Eisner and "MAUS" by Art Spiegelman... Recommended to anyone looking to add to the Holocaust narrative" - JNS.org (Jewish News Israel News)

From the Author

Dear readers,

This book is the true story of my grandfather, Srulik, who survived the Nazi atrocities when he was only ten years old.  On Nov 18, 2013, I was just about to call Grandpa to conduct another interview with him when a note appeared in my inbox: "Call me within the next ten minutes," wrote my cousin, "you need to say goodbye to Grandpa." 

Tears flooded my face. Gathering all my strength, I recomposed myself. After a few long minutes during which I tried desperately to get a hold of my cousin, I finally got through. Then, I said goodbye to the most incredible person I have ever met. He was so sick that he could not even reply.

For a while, this left me at a complete loss. I wrote this book while he was still alive. Our frequent conversations during the creation and publication of this book were at the heart of my life. Now he was gone. I wasn't sure how to deal with it. 

A few weeks later, clarity finally came. After his death, I realized how critical it is that the world hears his story, as well as the stories of other survivors. Too soon, there will be no eyewitnesses left. It is up to us to keep their story alive.  

While the need to preserve Grandpa's story has always been the main reason I wrote this book, there is yet another purpose. Grandpa wasn't anything like what I would have expected from a Holocaust survivor. Of my four grandparents, all of whom I loved dearly, he was the most cheerful. In fact, he was, without a doubt, the happiest person that I have ever met. My personal reason for writing this book was to understand how he managed to survive so wholly. 

I hope that you find strength and inspiration in his memoir. 

Yours truly,

Margareta Ackerman

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It was interesting, but very short and not very in depth.
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A truly moving story written in a way that makes you feel as though you truly understand the the holocaust through the eyes of a child.
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The horror of this true narrative is enhanced by the sparse prose.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna on November 10, 2013
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This is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read. The story is very different from other Holocaust memoirs I have read both in what happens in it and how it is delivered. The writing is clean and crisp. This makes the book all the more powerful. I also like the illustrations. You would think that they would make the story “lighter,” but they actually make it a lot stronger and deeper.

It’s a powerful, life affirming story. The survivor’s character strength and resilience are most inspiring. Read this book. It will move and inspire you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leonid Hiller on October 21, 2013
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I couldn’t put it down. From the very first page, I was pulled into the story and couldn’t stop reading it.
What happened to this little boy when he was only ten years old is unthinkable, and yet his incredible personality turns this difficult tale into an inspiring one. Even when compared to works of fiction, you will never meet a more courageous, daring, and positive person than in this true story.
As I was reading it, I couldn’t help wondering, would I have had the courage to do what he did? What would I have done in this situation? Why do we have teenagers nowadays giving up on life, when this ten year old wouldn’t give up no matter what?

For days after reading it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It will forever change how you view life. It sure did that to me. It puts things in perspective, makes you appreciate what you have, and challenges you to be positive.

Read it. It’s a story that you’ll never forget.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronen on October 6, 2013
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It's written by the survivor's granddaughter, and gives us a bit about her relationship with her grandfather, which helps lighten this heavy topic. She also talks about his happy attitude towards life after the war, adding a whole other dimension to the story.

The illustrations in this book are phenomenal. I've never seen anything like this. The Nazis are shown as giants, making for a great analogy. But not only that, the art is very deep - many illustrations have multiple interpretations. So take your time when you look at these pictures!

Even if you've read many books on the subject, you've never read anything like this. An incredible story, creatively delivered and illustrated. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joan on October 17, 2013
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This book is a beautiful account of survival, resilience and the power of the human spirit. The author takes you into each moment as if you are there living and witnessing it yourself. This book will touch you in many ways.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ana Maria on December 28, 2013
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This is a deeply moving account of the tragic events of the Holocaust....with a miraculous ending.
It, undoubtedly, serves to give one perspective on sufferings we face in today's day and age. The cruelty faced by the author's grandfather demands a maturity far beyond the tender age of 11, when he experienced World War II. It is both heartbreaking to imagine what an innocent child was forced to endure and inspiring to witness his response to the evil he was dealt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yankeelin on December 20, 2013
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'They' say that timing is everything. 'They' say that there is no such thing as coincidence....everything happens for a reason. And i believe both.
Once I picked up Running From Giants to begin reading i could not put it down. SO much power in so few words this is a short book that will leave tears in your eyes and a need for some quiet thoughts.
What happened is that i read the book in bed, when i finished i took time to gather my thoughts, and then turned on the tv. And just what movie do yo suppose was beginning? The PIANIST starring Adrian Brody. A movie based on the life of a man who fought for survival during the Holocaust. Coincidence? I think not.

The book as i said is short, a one-sitting read of 81 pages. A loving gift from a grand-daughter to her grand-father. A memoir that was as difficult to get him to speak of, as it was for her to write. The love, the strength, and the spirit that lives on reaches out and grabs your heart. It's the story of Srulik Ackerman as a young boy. The miracle of life. The torture of loss. But mostly its about enduring love.
I've read many bios, many memoirs of relatives, many history books and watched countless documentaries. This book is one where the words along with the sketches are like watching a movie in your mind.
My only critique would be that the end came too soon. Of course the war ended and so did his saga of the time. I just wish there was a bit more info!

ALSO. A major bonus is the artwork used to illustrate their words, by Vivien Mildenburger. Stunning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim on December 21, 2013
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Beautifully written book even if the content is of such unimaginable brutality. It was deeply touching and I fought back tears while being taken along for a glimpse of the horrible experience that those like Mr Ackerman endured.

Thank you for sharing your grandfather's story, Maya. Your courage to complete this book will have a timeless impact and serves as a reminder to everyone not to "delude ourselves into a false sense of security". I completely agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lynn Suehr on December 5, 2013
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I was so inspired by this book. How someone who had gone through so much tragedy at such a young age, and come out the other side to create a beautiful life is so inspirational. Maya writes in such an engaging way, I could not put this book down. I loved reading her grandpa's story. It was wonderful to see so many people helping him in such bad times. The beauty of people stood out as well.
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More About the Author

Margareta Ackerman, PhD. is a granddaughter of Holocaust survivor Srulik Ackerman and author of the memoir "Running from Giants: The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child." She received her PhD. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and authored over a dozen academic publications, including research on applications of traditional Jewish study methodology to the modern classroom. In addition to her academic career, Margareta is also a semi-professional singer.

Born in Belarus, Margareta spent much of her childhood in Israel. She lives with her husband and son in San Jose, California.

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