In May 1945, Erich Altmann was 41. He survived the hell of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald, Oranienburg an two "death marches". For nearly three years, Erich Altmann found within himself the strength to survive and tell the world of the dimensions of the crime and the extent of the atrocities committed by the Nazis.
This book is a new edition of the an account published by Guy Kohen on his return from deportation. The trauma of his memories - still very present in his mind - and the need to communicate to the world the inconceivable horror of the Nazi barbarity provide all the power of his narrative.
Jean-Jacques Bernard is the son of he famous man of letters Tristan Bernard. Himself a playwright, he was arrested during the police roundup of December 12, 1941, which affected 743 eminent French Jewish citizens. Jean-Jacques Bernard was interned in the German camp of Compiègne-Royallieu.
Après la libération du complexe d’Auschwitz, Jean Oppenheimer est transféré à Katowice dans l’attente de son rapatriement en France. Là, il décide de rédiger un "journal de route" pour reprendre pied dans la vie en consignant les événements du retour. Cette écriture quotidienne l’amènera rapidement à témoigner de son expérience concentrationnaire afin "d’avoir enfin cet affreux cauchemar à l’état de souvenir".
The itinerary of Jenny Masour-Ratner is intimately linked to the history of the Organisation to Save the Children - OSE (Oeuvre de secours aux enfants), where she worked till the early 1960s. A Russian Jewish immigrant from Odessa, Jenny left the Paris region during the exodus and went to Montpellier where she joined the OSE. Following the organisation’s movements, she participated in the decision-making and was active up to the Liberation to save Jewish children.
A Jew from Lodz, Moniek Baumzecer witnessed the collapse of Poland, the persecution of the Jews and their confinement in ghettos. In December 1940, he was consigned to forced labour on Autobahn construction in Germany. He was then sent to the Christianstadt camp in Poland.
Thérèse Malachy-Krol describes in this book her childhood in Poland. To begin with, in Lodz, where she was born into a wellto- do religious Jewish milieu, then in Warsaw. She is one of rare survivors still able to bear witness to what she experienced in that town, symbol of the mass extermination of Jews, but also of their heroic revolt.
From his adolescence in Alsace, Georges Loinger was made aware of the danger represented by the Nazi plans for the Jews. He dedicated himself to physical education for the young to prepare them for the challenges ahead. As a prisoner of war, he escaped in 1941 from his German Stalag to be reunited with his wife at La Bourboule. Then he threw himself wholeheartedly into the Resistance inside the Burgundy network and, with the OSE, participated in saving Jewish children.
Théodore Woda puts luck at the heart of his story, showing that, although the Third Reich was intent on destroying all the Jews of Europe, gas chambers or a slow death by starvation and/or mistreatment did not always lie at the end of the road.
Anna Traube was 20 when she was arrested July 16, 1942, Her father was already in France’s free zone, but her mother and brother were still in Paris. Thanks to Anna’s presence of mind, they evade the police come to arrest them in their apartment. Although she was arrested alone, Anna found herself shut in at the winter cycling stadium where Jewish families were packed in together in wretched conditions.