George Elbaum was only a year old when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939. Within weeks, Elbaum's father was called into the army and never returned. Over the next three years, he and his mother would become the only surviving members of his extended family living in Poland. Elbaum's mother dyed her hair blonde and purchased identity documents of a Catholic woman who had died. In 1942, she smuggled Elbaum out of the Warsaw Ghetto. She then paid various Polish Catholic families to hide her son and raise him with their own children. This life went on for three years until the war ended in 1945. The pair finally arrived in the U.S. in 1949. Elbaum didn't speak of his story, however, for 60 years.