Margarete and her family made a life for themselves in England. She had a successful career as a nursery nurse and had a family of her own.
She started writing down her story a few years ago, and got the writing bug!
Last year Radio Sussex started a project called 100 lives and Margarete applied to take part. She was accepted and was interviewed live on the radio over a period of 10 minute slots for 5 days.
Many people were moved by her story and rung in to say so.
Over the course of that year Margarete was on the radio various times being interviewed and expressing her interest in having her autobiography published.
This was made a reality when former Fleet street Journalist Tony Flood was interviewed on Radio Sussex and said he was working as a scout for publishing company MyVoice.
Margarete made contact with Tony Flood and he agreed to do some editing of the book and presented it to Myvoice manager Rex Sumner for possible publication. Rex agreed and after proofing and final editing it has been published.
It is a very moving book which we feel is essential reading. It is so important to hear the voice of ordinary people and their experience of major upheavals such as the holocaust and second world war.
As their generation get older there are less people to tell the story, that is while Margarete' story is essential reading.
The book is especially of interest because it is from the perspective of a child. Through her eyes we witness the terrible violence of the Nazis. We also witness the chilling experience Margarete had when coming face to face with Hitler.