Stephen Glantz

pages manuscript in English Historical Fiction

Based on a true story, Misha is the extraordinary coming-of age tale of a young Jewish boy in World War II Poland who decides to take the war against the Nazis into his own hands. 

Lida, 1943. Fifteen-year-old Misha yearns for a life of adventure. He lives for climbing the tallest trees, getting into trouble, and dancing with all the girls, especially his older sister’s best friend, Eva. When Misha and his family are loaded onto a train to a death camp, Misha takes charge: he crawls out the window of the moving train and unlatches the door, enabling him and his family to escape. 

Battling to survive in the harsh Polish forest, Misha becomes obsessed with revenge. From blowing up enemy trains and jumping into a frozen river to save precious supplies, to slaughtering his own fallen horse for sustenance, Misha struggles to hang on to his humanity. Riding through the endless snow of the primeval forests with a rifle slung over his shoulder, Misha feels the pull of freedom and hopes he has the courage to become the man he aspires to be.

Based on the real-life experiences of Mike Stoll, who is now 91 years old.