Leonie Cramwinckel-Bloch

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Leonie tells about her Jewish grandfather Leo who was born in the Czech Republic and meets his Lutheran wife in Germany. She reads Mein Kampf and wants to leave for America. They don't get any further than the Netherlands...

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Leonie Cramwinckel-Bloch

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  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Region: Zuid-Holland
  • Compensation: € 45,00 (including € 10,00 discount private donation)
  • Travel expenses: € 0,29 p/k
  • Institutions: to be further agreed upon

One evening there is a loud knock on the door. The Nazis are at the door. "Leo?, mitkommen!". My father and aunt start crying immediately. Don't cry children, it will be alright. I fought for the Germans in World War I, they won't do anything crazy,' says my grandfather.

It doesn't help. They see how their father is put on an open truck without luggage between other men who have been picked up. As soon as the truck drives away, my German grandmother walks back and forth through the house to collect papers. I'll be back soon. Don't worry'. And she's gone. My aunt and father are left alone.

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