This is not an easy book to read: one can take only so much brutalization, even in print. Leon Wells, who was sixteen years old in 1941, is a survivor of the Nazi regime in Poland. His first-hand account of the steadily tightening circle drawn around the Jewish people there should go far towards refuting such accusations as Hannah Arendt's, of complicity on the part of the Jewish leaders in the persecution of their own communities; in fact, it is almost as if he wrote with this in mind. Hundreds of thousands of words have been written on this attempted genocide--often, one would like to think that too much has been written. Yet, twenty years after the fact, a book like this is as awesome a warning as well as a reminder of how much horror man can cause or experience, as if it were the first and only volume on the subject. In other words, Mr. Wells writes well---far too well for his readers' complacency.