Surviving with Wolves by Misha Defonseca is one of the most extraordinary and poignant survival stories to come out of World War II. Misha was only six years old when her parents were taken away from their home in Brussels and sent to Auschwitz. She was given a new name, a new home, and forced into a new religion. No one told her why her parents were no longer with her. As the family who hid Misha were also about to be caught by the Gestapo, the young girl ran away and headed eastwards, where she believed her parents had been sent.So one day, equipped only with a tiny compass and a few provisions, she set out East to find them. Misha crossed Belgium, Germany and Poland on foot alone - until, close to starvation in a vast forest, she was adopted by a family of wolves. She ate and played with the wolf cubs and was protected by their mother. Finally, at the end of the war, she found her way home to Belgium via the Ukraine, Romania and Italy. She never found her parents. Véra Belmont, French film director made a film of this extraordinary tale; it is on general release in Belgium as from today.