Against all odds, the eighteen survivors Fiona Harari interviews for this book are in their nineties, some have reached 100 (although a couple have since died since its publication). Despite the monumental losses, degradations and harrowing living conditions they had faced these people were able to make new lives, begin new families and become successful Australian citizens.
Harari introduces each survivor with a description of their experiences then wisely allows the survivors to speak in their own voices. They talk about luck, the loneliness of liberation, their grief over the loss of family and the spirit that gave them the courage to carry on. Above all they express their gratitude to Australia – land of sunshine and freedom – that allowed them to start all over again.