This is the second volume of a true story about an eight-year-old Jewish boy in World War II, fighting his own personal war while he and his self-absorbed socialite mother flee the Nazis. Having been brought up before the war by a devoted Catholic governess who has virtually converted him to Catholicism to save his immortal soul, Julian is deeply confused about, and resents, his Jewish identity. In this powerful and absorbing sequel to ""Mother and Me"", the boy, Julian, and his mother, Barbara, survive German bombs and Soviet occupation to finally, in February, 1940, escape into Hungary in a daring and dangerous trek over the Carpathian Mountains, having been abandoned by their treacherous guide. Once in Hungary, Barbara is embraced by her large social circle there and her attempts to sell her jewelry lead her to become the mistress of a wealthy Rumanian Count, and to hide in style on his impressive country estate. The Count turns out to be less than honest and Barbara and Julian must return to Budapest where the Nazis still await her.
JULIAN PADOWICZ holds a degree in English Literature from Colgate University. He has won a Golden Eagle Award for his educational film, ""The People Shop,"" from the Committee on International Non-Theatrical Events. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut with his wife.