Vladek and Anja go on a first date and after they find out how well they get along together, they decide to get engaged.
After giving birth to Richieu in October 1937, Anja got sick. Giving birth was too much of a strain for her and she was always hysterical or depressed.
Over a year later, on the 24th of August, 1939, Vladek got a drafted to the Polish Reserves Army and had to leave immediately to the frontier against Germany, while Anja and Richieu went to Sosnowiec.
During the combat, Vladek was on the frontier digged into trenches by a river. He shot at what he thought was a moving tree which turned out to be a German soldier. After two hours of figthing, the Nazis overcame Vladek's side of the river and brought him and the other soldiers to a prisoner-of-war camp.
It was horrible in the camp. The conditions were very harsh and many prisoners gave up working. Later on, they were brought to sign release forms and were sent on a train to Poland. Vladek approached a train operator hoping that he would help him get to Sosnowiec.
After tricking the train operator into thinking he was also Polish, he managed to hide on the train and got back to his family in Sosnowiec, where he finally reunited with Richieu again who was now 2 1/2 years old.