At the age of fourteen, Gyorgy Koves is plucked from his home in a Jewish section of Budapest and, without any particular malice, placed on a train to Auschwitz. He does not understand the reason for his fate. He doesn't particularly think of himself as
Jewish. And his fellow prisoners, who decry his lack of Yiddish, keep telling him, ''You are no Jew.'' In the lowest circle of the Holocaust, Gyorgy remains an outsider.