His name is Yossel. In another time, in another place, this fifteen-year-old boy could have grown to be a great artist, but in Nazi-occupied Poland Yossel, a Jew, is an untermensch and thus has no rights -- and no future. When the Nazis confiscate ...
his family's home and force them to live in the overcrowded tenements of the Warsaw ghetto, it appears that Yossel's artistic gift will be shattered. Instead, the awful suffering of his family, the terrible conditions of the ghetto, and the increasingly barbaric treatment inspire him. Yossel: April 19, 1943 is this boy's story, told through his sketches. It is a compelling account of increasing horror depicted by an artist whose soul drives him to bear witness through his art.