I was quite a cheerful person, you know, in spite of what happened to us. We were happy in our own way, as a revenge against sadness, so we could still laugh, people liked that about me. But I’m changing. It isn’t bitterness, I’m not bitter. It’s just as if I were already gone… And so I think about you.
A testimony of survival, endurance and loss and a love-letter across the distance of time to a man much-loved and much-missed.
In 1944, at the age of fifteen, Marceline Loridan-Ivens was arrested in occupied France, along with her father. They were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, and forcibly separated. Though he managed to smuggle one last note to her, Marceline never spoke to her father again.
But You Did Not Come Back is Marceline's letter to the father she would never know as an adult. This is a breath-taking memoir by an extraordinary woman, and a deeply moving message from a daughter to a father.
‘She describes her experiences with a resolute commitment to detail… But there is no room for sentimentality in Loridan-Ivens’s honest and self-aware prose: the facts of her incarceration speak emotively enough. The book is much more than a Holocaust memoir, though; it is a love letter to the father who never came back.’ – The Guardian
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 230 x 160 x 5 mm
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