Alwin Meyer

Vergiss deinen Namen nicht. Die Kinder von Auschwitz
(Never Forget Your Name – The Children of Auschwitz)


Steidl Verlag, January 2015, 758 pp.
ISBN: 978 3 86930 949 1

For the past forty years Alwin Meyer has interviewed survivors who were still children when Auschwitz was liberated in early 1945. In this book, he gathers the testimonies of several dozen survivors from all over Europe, reflecting on their lives before they were deported to Auschwitz, their recollections of their time in the camp, and their lives after liberation.

Meyer interweaves historical data with the survivors’ testimonies, including official Auschwitz records. The book explores the survivors’ early lives before the persecutions started, going on to document their experiences in different ghettos and in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Survivors remember the train journey to Auschwitz, the first selection, daily life in the camp and how they were separated from family and friends. We hear about the small acts of kindness that gave them hope as well as the mind-numbing scale of the violence surrounding them.

Never Forget Your Name is the first full-length study devoted to the children of Auschwitz. It could be read as an introduction to life in Auschwitz, as well as providing new information for readers who have in-depth knowledge of the concentration camps.


Alwin Meyer was born in Cloppenburg in 1950. He has written non-fiction books on a number of topics, in particular the subject of rightwing extremism. In 1982 he won the award for ‘Political Book of the Year’ from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Previous works include:
Die Kinder von Auschwitz (2000); Wo gehören wir hin? (1993); Phantomdemokraten oder Die alltägliche Gegenwart der Vergangenheit - 34 bundesdeutsche Reaktionen ... (1979); Unsere Stunde die wird kommen (1979)


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