Latest: I am delighted to announce that the following institutions have agreed to include a copy of my book in their collections: German National Library, Leipzig; University Library, Breslau; Jewish Museum, Berlin; Jewish Museum Frankfurt; Jewish Museum, Sydney; Yad Vashem Libraray, Jerusalem, Silesian Museum Görlitz; US Holocaust Museum
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The moving story of how a Jewish family manages to find new hope and renew itself after surviving the horrors of the Holocaust
Louis and Jenni Böhm were a middle-class Jewish couple who established a thriving business and raised a family in a small country town in Upper Silesia in 1885. The book follows the fortunes of the family over a period of 70 years, during which their peaceful and prosperous existence is gradually eroded as they are forced to suffer increasing humiliation and ostracisation under the Nazi regime imposed on pre-war Germany by Adolf Hitler. The more fortunate members of the family manage to escape to freedom in the UK, USA, Shanghai, Palestine, Peru and Australia but a horrific fate awaits those left behind as they suffer the indignity of being arrested as pariahs and sent totheir deaths in in Auschwitz and Theresienstadt during the Holocaust.
The end of the war sees the destruction of their homeland, the total obliteration of every trace of their former life and the expulsion of all remaining Germans as this part of Germany is handed over to Poland in 1945. But, for the surviving members of the Böhm family, this is not the end but the beginning of era of renewal hope as the second and third generations of this remarkable family build a new life founded firmly on those values and aspirations first instilled in them by Louis and Jenni.
If you are interested in watching a short video depicting the history of the town of Katscher, please click on the following YouTube link: https://youtu.be/kX_ygHqJ5Z4