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Broken on the inside by Simon Hammelburg. 'A moving book about the second generation of war victims'
A novel based on 1200 interviews with Holocaust survivors and their children and all of these personal witness statements and memories are verified.
The protagonist loses his wife in a car crash and while in mourning, he revisits places where together, they had found happiness. During this journey he connects with his peers, his brother and parents. Hammelburg not only describes these meetings but focuses on the many conversations held about the persecution in the camps, the need to stay in hiding, the hope for a new life in Israel and the loneliness in a post-war Europe too busy with its reconstruction. The tragedy of the Holocaust becomes tangible for those who have to live on.
‘I know all about it Daisy. And yet I cannot get angry. On the outside they have survived the Holocaust but inside, almost everything is broken and this shows on the outside. Not very pleasant but there’s nothing to be done about it.’
Simon Hammelburg (Amsterdam, 1952) has written cabaret songs from his early years. He originally worked as a journalist for the AVRO radio news. He was a presenter and traveling reporter. In the early eighties he became a correspondent for Dutch broadcasting companies, newspapers and magazines in New York. In Los Angeles he became the Consul for Industry for the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Hammelburg contributed to various books.
'The power lies not so much in the inevitable anguish of the testimonials but more in the directness of a conversation between friends about something that cannot be captured in words by strangers.’- Trouw Newspaper
‘A liberation, moving one to tears.’ – NRC Newspaper
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