By Emil Georg Sold
In a gripping trade of letters written within the last years of the 20 th century, males associated by means of historical past even though separated through time and area fight to come back to phrases with the sign occasion in their time, the Holocaust. Paul Friedhoff, a German Jew born within the Rhineland-Palatinate quarter in 1907, and Dr. Emil Georg offered, a Catholic born within the comparable area in 1920, struck up a correspondence a long time after the tip of the struggle. regardless of the crisis of by no means having noticeable each other, the 2 became excellent buddies, and the correspondence grew to become an essential component in their lives. In remembering and trying to comprehend the Holocaust, Friedhoff and offered desire to save lots of destiny generations from enduring what their new release has persevered. And in that manner, their letters should not a lot in regards to the previous as they're in regards to the destiny.
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Mr. Friedhoff, I think that I have provided you with some good things for discussion today, which we can both think about together. Unfortunately I don’t know of a situation anywhere in the world with which we could undoubtedly identify ourselves. The individual persons and all the different peoples continually produce new problems, though they aren’t nearly as skillful at producing the solutions. Yet at the same time I defend myself 26 “That Time Cannot Be Forgotten” against the fundamental pessimism that suggests itself when one looks at the ways of the world.
Many prisoners died in these disorganized first days; it was said a several thousand. But after about two weeks, the situation changed. The camp leadership had obviously switched hands, and a captain “Cane” appeared who completely changed our lives. The rationing was better organized. We received material to build a system that provided us with water (there were a few “water towers” that tankers filled with water from the Rhine. The water was then disinfected with [a bit too much] chlorine, but it was certainly better than no water at all).
I still have not had the opportunity to go to a bookstore to see whether the book Wenn Hitler den Krieg gewonnen hätte is translated and can be found here. I will let you know the next time I write. Today I have to stop my letter a little sooner, since the doctor has prescribed complete rest for me for some time. Our continued regards from family to family, February 14, 1995 Dear Mr. Friedhoff, Many thanks for your letter of February 2, 1995. I see that despite the difficulties with your right leg, you have made it through the recent operation quite well—and I offer you my congratulations since that is all I can do.
That Time Cannot Be Forgotten: A Correspondence on the Holocaust by Emil Georg Sold