When War Came. The story of one man's escape from Nazi-occupied Poland, his remarkable survival in the Soviet Union and Uzbekistan, and journey to Australia.
When the eighteen year old Mendel Factor fled from Nazi-occupied Poland into Soviet Russia, he had no idea of the hardships he would face there nor that the warm family life of his early years would vanish in the Holocaust. His memoir of Jewish life in the Polish city of Lodz, his fascination with the bold socialist experiments of the Soviets and his experiences of collective farming make fascinating reading. Despite facing hunger, imprisonment and disease, Factor managed to survive the war, make his way home to Lodz and then onto a new life in Australia. A story to remind us all that freedom is fragile and its opponents eternal.