|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
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One of the first persons Mikhail Shmushkevich presented his story "Two Gavroches" to was Maksim Rylsky. On receiving the gift, the poet promised, with an embarrassed smile, to read it through but added passing his finger over his throat, "I am busy like this". Though two days later he not only was through it but also wrote a reference to Moscow, to the "Detgiz" publishing house (for children). The story is based on the factual material a leader of French communists Marseilles Cachin once told the author. Two teenagers - a girl from a Paris suburb and a boy from Ukraine forcibly driven away to the fascist. Germany - met by chance in a special children's home. There fascists trained agents for European countries Hitler intended to establish a Nazi order in. Jeanette and Pavlik escaped from a sinister home to Paris occupied by Germans and joined in the antifascist struggle.