They subsisted through their wit, stealing from farms, eating food from the wild, and making footwear from any available materials. Two of their group died of malnutrition and hypothermia.
In January, 1944, the Red Army liberated Rokitno. Alex, having lost his parents, was taken in by the Red Army as an orphan, helping in the pharmacy and mailroom.
Alex moved to Moscow and was accepted into a military school and engineering school, but was held back because he was a Jew. Moreover, the KGB suspected him of being an Israeli spy when they discovered that Alex’s two brothers moved to Israel. In 1975 he immigrated to Toronto alone, without his wife and daughter, but reunited with them after 5 years.