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August 27, 2011
The Mining Journal

For Those I Loved by Martin Gray far surpasses any thriller novel. This is the amazing true story of a man who epitomizes the indomitable human spirit. When 14-year-old Martin Gray finds himself and his family looting their own Warsaw factory, scrambling out of the ruins carrying sackfuls of gloves after its bombing by the Germans, his talent for quietly observing what is going on around him becomes his secret weapon. He watches, brick by brick, as his beloved neighborhood is sealed off from the rest of Warsaw, imprisoning everyone inside. He watches who wears blue, who wears white arm bands, the Star of David; yellow armbands. He studies the streetcars passing through the ghetto gates to the outside. He creates a smuggling operation, hopping on and off streetcars, hiding his arm band in his shirt, knowing who to bribe, creating false papers, speaking German or Polish, flirting with death, in and out every day, all for those he loves. This story follows Martin as he is captured with his family and taken by train to the Treblinka concentration camp, and details his escape and heroic efforts to build a new life. This remarkable man is still living, and his riveting story speaks to the enduring triumph of the human spirit.



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