Aaron Elster was 9 years old when a reluctant neighbor hid him in her attic and started slipping him food and water once a day.

When asked what he remembered about that 2 year isolation during the Holocaust, he said, ”Oh, there’s so many things that I remember, the hunger, the fear, the absolute, total loneliness. What do you do all day? You’re sitting there. I used to catch flies, outta desperation, and tear their wings off, so they wouldn’t fly away, so I had them there.”

And when asked how he survived, he said, “I had the ability to daydream. I used to write novels in…