A young Jewish boy and his family are the victims of a Krystalnacht at the movies start and flee to Poland. When the Germans invade Poland the boy escapes and ends up taken in by the Soviets and placed in a boarding school to learn Communism. The boy is conscripted into a front line unit and is eventually captured by the Germans. He speaks German and through some luck or misfortune he becomes a war hero. He is sent to a Hitler Youth boarding school where he encounters, yet more problems. This tale follows through the war's end in Berlin.