The following article is the fourth in a series of articles published in Fluter.de, a governmental German political magazine for young adults. The German translation could be read on Fluter’s. website.
For years, I’ve wanted to watch my grandmother’s Holocaust testimony recorded by the Shoah Foundation, an LA-based foundation that collects survivor testimonies so that their stories will forever be told. I never imagined I’d watch it in Berlin, at the Topography of Terror library, on the former grounds of SS headquarters.
I can’t think of a better symbol of Germany’s repentance over the murder of six million Jews, including the families of my father’s parents…
But when I sometimes took a chance on the question Jews secretly like to ask Germans: “Where were your grandparents during the War?”, I wondered how the Holocaust could have happened.