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But You Did Not Come Back
Author: Marceline Loridan

ISBN: 9780802124500
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 5 January 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.8 x 13.21 x 2.03
Description:
You might come back, because you're young, but I won't be coming back."Marceline Loridan's father to her, 1944

Marceline Loridan-Ivens was just fifteen when she was arrested by the Vichy government's militia, along with her father. At the internment camp of Drancy, France, her father prophecized that he would not come back, preparing her for the worst. On their arrival at the camps, they were separatedher father sent to Auschwitz, she to the neighboring camp of Birkenau. The three kilometers that separated them were an insurmountable distance, and yet her father managed to send her a small note, via an electrician in the camp. This simple sign of life gave Marceline a small hope of survival.

In But You Did Not Come Back, Marceline writes back to her father. The book is a letter to the man she would never know as an adult, to the person whose death overshadowed her whole life. As an advocate for Algerian independence and a documentary film-maker in the 1970s and 80s, working in China and Vietnam, Marceline ultimately found a vocation, but the all-consuming loss of her father never diminished in its intensity.<...

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