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“Helen was a young Jewish girl living in Frankfurt, Germany, in the early 1900s.” pg 27
“We wanted three-year-old Doris to have every chance to stay alive, even if it were not possible for us. And we knew that to do this, we would have to send her away to live with a non-Jewish family. To make the separation easier, we began to distance ourselves from her. pg 73
“Dutch money was worthless at our destination and it must be handed over to them Siegfried and I, still wearing our money belts, gave the officials only what Siegfried had in his pockets. After dark, we took off our belts, tore all our money into little pieces, and threw it on the filthy floor. How hard it was, both physically and mentally, to destroy this money for which we had worked and saved for years. ” 148 - 149i
“ I dreamed that I returned to Amsterdam. All my friends were gathered to greet me, eager to hear what had happened. As I told them about the deportation, the train ride, our selection at the platform, the stealing of my wedding ring, and the other details, they began murmuring to each other that I was crazy, that I must have lost my mind. What I was saying was impossible for them to imagine. In my dream, I got very upset because nobody would believe my story.” 171
“ I asked if I could take Doris with me the next day. I could give them no reason why I wanted to take her; I only knew that I needed this child to give me strength. I had a strong feeling that I was drowning in a world that had no place for me. The responsibility of taking care of my child would give me the strength I needed to go on.” 254
“Thus began a partnership that would last nearly ten years. Shortly after their first lecture, Alfons and Helen were guests on Good Morning, America.” 288
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