Into The Tunnel: The Brief Life of Marion Samuel, 1931-1943 by Götz AlyInto The Tunnel: The Brief Life of Marion Samuel, 1931-1943 by Götz Aly

Into The Tunnel: The Brief Life of Marion Samuel, 1931-1943

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Paperback | January 8, 2008

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A generous feat of biographical sleuthing by an acclaimed historian rescues one child victim of the Holocaust from oblivion

When the German Remembrance Foundation established a prize to commemorate the million Jewish children murdered during the Holocaust, it was deliberately named after a victim about whom nothing was known except her age and the date of her deportation: Marion Samuel, an eleven-year-old girl killed in Auschwitz in 1943. Sixty years after her death, when Götz Aly received the award, he was moved to find out whatever he could about Marion's short life and restore this child to history.

In what is as much a detective story as a historical reconstruction, Aly, praised for his "formidable research skills" (Christopher Browning), traces the Samuel family's agonizing decline from shop owners to forced laborers to deportees. Against all odds, Aly manages to recover expropriation records, family photographs, and even a trace of Marion's voice in the premonition she confided to a school friend: "People disappear," she said, "into the tunnel."

A gripping account of a family caught in the tightening grip of persecution, Into the Tunnel is a powerful reminder that the millions of Nazi victims were also, each one, an individual life.

Götz Aly, the author of Hitler's Beneficiaries and Architects of Annihilation, among other books, is one of the most respected historians of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. He has been a visiting fellow at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and currently teaches at the Free University of Berlin.
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Title:Into The Tunnel: The Brief Life of Marion Samuel, 1931-1943Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.33 inPublished:January 8, 2008Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0805089144

ISBN - 13:9780805089141

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