A million people were killed in the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942, one of the worst battles in history, and the intertwined stories of three people, each told in third person, offer a human-scale account of the cataclysm.
When a barber finds the nose of one of his clients in a loaf of bread baked by his wife, strange events ensue as the client tries to get his nose back. At the same time, in another part of the city, the Deputy Inspector of Reindeer awoke and looked in the mirror–only to find a totally empty spot where his nose should have been.
Forced to leave her native Soviet Union because of anti-Semitism, a young girl journeys to the United States where she records her experiences in a journal, as she adjusts to a new way of life. Also written by Kelli Pryor.
When the train that he is on is bombed, Yankele, a young Polish refugee from the Nazi invasion, is separated from his mother and wanders along the tracks, braving hardship and danger, as he searches for his family.