Trochenbrod was a bustling commercial center of more than 5,000 people, all Jews, that was hidden deep in the forest in northwest Ukraine. It thrived as a tiny Jewish kingdom unnoticed and unknown to most people, even though it was "the big city" for surrounding Ukrainian and Polish villages. The people of Trochenbrod vanished in the Holocaust, and soon nothing remained of this vibrant 130 year-old town but a mysterious double row of trees and bushes in a clearing in the forest.
In this new book, Avrom Bendavid-Val makes Trochenbrod's true story accessible, enjoyable, and memorable for young readers. The Lost Town follows his adventures and discoveries while uncovering the lost history of the magical place where his father was born and raised. An imagined Trochenbrod was the setting for Jonathan Safran Foer's novel, Everything is Illuminated, and the movie by the same name.