In the Shadow of Wolves by the Lithuanian poet Alvydas Slepikas is a fictionalised account of the so-called wolf children. In the aftermath of the war, with the remaining ethnic Germans starving in East Prussia, hundreds of children, in a desperate search for food, crossed the river to Lithuania. Some lived rough in frozen forests, becoming known as the wolf children... This novel’s unflinching portrait of a forgotten tragedy is haunting. As for the children on the ice who open the novel? The Russian soldiers throw a grenade at them. They shoot all the survivors they can, then light their cigarettes, hunched against the wind.