In 1944, at the age of 15, Marceline Loridan-Ivens was arrested in occupied France, along with her father. They were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and forcibly separated.
Although he managed to smuggle a note to her-they never spoke again.
But you did not Come Back is Marceline’s letter to the father she would never know as an adult- almost a love-letter
This book is heart breaking-and raw. It is simply, but brilliantly written. Each sentence has the capacity to move you. The story is one of survival-but also one of suffering. Everyone who survived the Prison camps– and even some who never went there- were scarred
This book demands to be published, to be read, to be talked about. A book about pain and suffering, about cruelty and humanity, about grief and love. But You Did Not Come Back is an exquisitely written, beautifully translated and unwaveringly honest testimony; a story we will all do well never to forget. Lest we forget. Definitely recommended.
You can reserve this online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.