Paul Oppenheimer's memoirs are not just another testimony of the Holocaust. They are a valuable historical document - especially concerning the fate of the children in Bergen - Belsen. They are also a fascinating life - history of a Jewish family before, during and after the Holocaust. This unsentimental and very readable book does not enable us to understand the Holocaust as a whole, but it at least acquaints us with some of its victims, their hopes and fears, their lives and fates, as individuals like you and me. Oppenheimer's book reminds us just how much history consists of stories.
Dr Thomas Rahe
Director, Bergen - Belsen Documentation Centre