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Land meiner Mörder, Land meiner Sprache : die Schriftstellerin Grete Weil

Grete Weil (b. 1906) and her husband Edgar, assimilated German Jews from an artistic-literary milieu, fled the Nazi regime to the Netherlands. In June 1941 Edgar was deported with 200 other Jews to Mauthausen, where he died. Grete worked for the Resistance, and simultaneously, in spite of moral scruples, for the Jewish Council when it carried out the Nazis' orders to organize the mass deportations of 1943. As a typist in the Amsterdam "Joodsche Schouwburg", a theater used as a roundup point, she was able to help some Jews escape. She and her mother survived in hiding. In 1946 she returned to Germany to marry a long-time German friend. In her autobiographical fiction, she tries to bear witness to the Holocaust and to her ambivalence about having survived when so many others perished. Eventually she realized that she could neither know nor write about the ultimate abyss - Mauthausen, "Auschwitz" - but that this is perhaps what enabled her to continue to live rather than commit suicide like so many survivors. (From the Bibliography of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism)
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