The abandonment of Tzili ironically probably saved her life. Address this.

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Aharon Appelfeld’s novel Tzili tells of the survival of a young girl, Tzili Kraus, during World War Two. A Jewish girl living with her family in a town in the Ukraine, Tzili apparently has mental disabilities. Fearing the Nazi invasion, her parents believe that her obvious difficulties would be so apparent that no one would see her as threatening or harm her. When they flee, they leave her behind. Hiding in a shed behind the house, she is spared when the soldiers invade and massacre the other townspeople. She escapes into the woods nearby and manages to forage until she meets other people. Although her life on the run is far from easy, she does survive, while the rest of her family is not heard from again.

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