Memoirs and reflections

Leperere, Helen


With Humanity, passion and wry humour Helen tells the story of her survival, after being take from her family by the SS at the age of fourteen.

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Helen Leperere writes, “On a winter’s night in January 1941, a horrible banging on the door woke us up… Mother opened [it] and two SS men with rifles jumped in like wild dogs, shouting Bronia’s name to come out. I said… that I would go in her place. My devastated father agreed, saying that children would surely be sent back home at once. I was fourteen years of age. I dressed myself warmly in scarves and Natek’s snow boots… I never saw any of them again. Never. Ever.” Helen is incapable of writing a dull word. Humanity, passion and wry humour are her companions throughout.