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The Storm to Come: Two Boys on the Run from Nazis is a historical fiction novel written by Yankev Glatshteyn and translated into English by Jeffrey Sandler. The book was originally published in Yiddish as Emil un Karl ("Emil and Karl") in 1940. An English translation was released in the My Story series in January 2010.

Book description[]

"Emil and Karl are best friends. Emil is a Jew; Karl isn't. When three men take Karl's mother away, who knows where, and the Nazis murder Emil's father, the two boys find themselves alone and scared, wandering in an increasingly hostile city. Who can they trust and where can they go...?
This book was first published in 1940–at the beginning of the Second World War. The author witnessed life under the Nazis first-hand and many situations he writes about really happened...



Main article: List of The Storm to Come characters


Yankev Glatshteyn, also known as Jacob Glatstein, was a Polish-born American poet, writer, and essayist. He immigrated to New York City in 1914 due to the increasing antisemitism in Poland at the time. His first book of poems was published in 1921. Glatshteyn visited his hometown in 1934. Afterwards, his work returned to Jewish themes that foreshadowed the coming war.[2] In 1940, Glatshteyn's children's novel Emil un Karl ("Emil and Karl") was published by Mosheh Shemu'el Shḳlarsḳi.

Jeffrey Sandler originally translated Emil un Karl from Yiddish to English for the 2006 Roaring Book Press edition.[3] His translation was used with permission for the My Story book, The Storm to Come. He wrote the book's foreword and afterword.



  • Richard Jones illustrated the cover of The Storm to Come.
  • The original Yiddish edition of Emil un Karl was digitized by the Yiddish Book Center in 2009.[4]


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