Ellen Kaempfer and Betty Holstein, Jewish sisters, are deported by cattle train, from Hamburg to a work camp in Poland, over a week-long journey without food or drink with only a bucket for a toilet; a train journey filled with death.
Before they left, however, Ellen gave Elfriede Mollenhauer, who was an active member of the German underground, a package for safe-keeping, an undertaking, that if discovered could lead to a long term of imprisonment in a German work camp. Elfriede escapes arrest by the Gestapo and later, still carrying the package, has to endure the day and night-time bombing by the allies. Her husband, forced to work for Wehrmacht intelligence, narrowly misses death in the Dresden Bombing when he decides to desert. He takes his wife and son away from the cities to safety on the coast.
Near the end of the war, Ellen and Betty are transported to a so-called recreation camp named Chelmno but they are unaware of the horror that awaits them when they are asked to strip off in preparation to travelling to a bathing facility.
A Tale of the Holocaust.
Publication date: 26/07/2020
This tragic tale concerns two Jewish women, Ellen Kaempfer and Betty Holstein and a non-Jewish woman, Elfriede Mollenhauer, who tried to help them.
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