Inside

In April 1995, fifty years after the end of World War II, a memorial book was published about Bergen-Belsen, the notorious concentration-camp. It contains the names, birth-dates and -places as well as the dates of the death or the liberation of a great number of prisoners. Since the SS destroyed the registers just before Bergen-Belsen was liberated, this memorial book is by no means complete.

In my case it said nothing about either death or liberation, just an empty space. From the point of view of history I was a missing person for some fifty years. And inasmuch as most members of my family were murdered in Sobibor, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and since I have no grandchildren or brothers and sisters with grandchildren, my family will cease to exist. Total oblivion, an unbearable thought. Already nowadays there is hardly anyone alive who has known them, or even remembers them. Therefore maybe the story I’m going to tell will help to keep them alive a little while longer. And that’s all I can do: leave some traces.

• Chapters:

1. EARLY YEARS
2. LOST YEARS
       2.1 UNDERGROUND AND PRISON
       2.2 WESTERBORK
       2.3 BERGEN-BELSEN
       2.4 THE LOST TRANSPORT
3. COMING BACK…TO WHAT?
4. THE AMERICAN DREAM
       4.1 TWO MARRIAGES AND ONE CHILD
5. SINGING YEARS
       5.1 AMSTERDAM
       5.2 BERLIN
       5.3 BACK TO BERLIN
       5.4 CHARLES OR MR (MAYBE NOT SO) RIGHT
       5.5 PARADISO SECONDO LOCARNO
6 ABOUT COMPASSION

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