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TZILI: THE STORY OF A LIFE by Aharon Appelfeld Translated by Dalya Bilu Dutton; 185 pages; $12.95

In 1941, when Aharon Appelfeld was nine years old, he managed to escape from a labor camp in the Rumanian-occupied Ukraine. He was in effect already an orphan; his mother had been killed by the Nazis, and his father failed to escape with him. For two years the boy wandered the inhospitable countryside, working as a shepherd, fleeing human contact. "I knew that if the peasants discovered I was Jewish, they would kill me," he later recalled....

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