Inherit the Truth A Memoir of Survival and the Holocaust

ISBN-10: 0312208979
ISBN-13: 9780312208974
Edition: 1996
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Description: In the years following her liberation from the Nazi death camp, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, like most survivors of the Holocaust, struggled to build a normal life for herself. Decades later, she realized that in her efforts to achieve normality she had  More...

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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 4/22/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748

In the years following her liberation from the Nazi death camp, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, like most survivors of the Holocaust, struggled to build a normal life for herself. Decades later, she realized that in her efforts to achieve normality she had not spoken to her children or her grandchildren of her terrifying odyssey. Her memoir of the period between 1939 and 1945, was written for her children so that they would Inherit the Truth. This is the story of the destruction of a talented Jewish family, and of the survival against all the odds of two young sisters. Anita and her elder sister Renate defied death at the hands of the Gestapo and the SS over a period of two and a half years, being first imprisoned as criminals and then being transferred, separately to Auschwitz, and finally to Belsen. They were saved by their exceptional courage, determination and ingenuity, and by several improbable strokes of good luck -- the greatest of which was the fact that Anita played the cello. Lasker-Wallfisch draws from her own startlingly vivid memories of her experience, and also incorporates the letters her family wrote to one another during this period as well as other primary documents. She succeeds in conveying -- in unsentimental prose -- what it was to have been a Jew living in Germany at the time of the Third Reich and what it was to have survived.

Martin Gilbert, 1936 - Martin Gilbert was born in London in 1936 to a jeweler. He was sent to Canada at the age of 3 and a half in an effort to escape the war, but was returned home soon thereafter. He attended Highgate School from 1945 til 1954. Gilbert then joined the British Army for a few years, and went on to Magdalen College at Oxford. He graduated from Oxford in 1960 and wrote his first book, called "The Appeasers." In 1961, after a year of research and writing, Gilbert was asked to join a team of researchers working for Winston Churchill. At the age of 25, he was formally inducted into the team, doing all of his own research. Gilbert became known as Churchill's official biographer and has remained so for thirty years. He is a fellow of Oxford College at Merton and has written over 40 books, some on Churchill, such as his multivolume treatise called "Churchill" as well as books on the Holocaust, "Surviving the Holocaust" and books on the war itself, "The Second World War." Long after Churchill died, Gilbert chronicled his efforts in the war and in making the world a better place for all her people to exist. He continues to write on the struggles of Jews during the war and the histories of this world, from culture to culture.

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Key to Names
Foreword
Introduction
Pre-War Germany and the Kristallnacht
The Destruction of a Family
Attempts to arrange emigration before the outbreak of war
Family life after having to leave our home
I go back to school
Forced labour
My parents are deported
Alone in Breslau with Renate
Convicted Criminals
'Voluntary' Transfer to Auschwitz
Music for the Inferno
From Hell to Hell: Our Miraculous Escape to Belsen
The Liberation of Belsen
Peace at Belsen: Secondment to the British Army
Contact with Marianne
Searching for a new life
The traumas of achieving entry to England
Marooned in Brussels
The Boat Across the Channel
Appendices
Declaration of Possessions (Vermogenserklarung)
Official German Documents Relating to the Seizure of the Lasker Family's Property in Breslau
Alma Rose in Auschwitz by Dr Margita Schwalbova
Transcript from the Official British Record of the Trial in Luneburg
Index

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