Lilli Tauber - A Suitcase full of Memories

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Lilli Tauber wuchs in Wiener Neustadt, einer österreichischen Kleinstadt bei Wien auf, wo ihre Eltern ein Herrenbekleidungsgeschäft besaßen.

Dann kam der Anschluss im März 1938, und Lilli durfte nicht mehr länger das Gymnasium besuchen. Am 10. November 1938 - im Zuge des Novemberpogroms - wurde ihr Vater wie viele andere jüdische Männer verhaftet. Als ihr Vater wieder freigelassen wurde, versuchten Lillis Eltern verzweifelt, Lilli aus Österreich herauszubekommen. So schickten sie Lilli schließlich per Kindertransport nach England.

Aus Großbritannien schrieb Lilli unzählige Briefe an ihre Eltern, und diese schrieben zurück - bis sie in ein Ghetto in Polen deportiert wurden. Nach Kriegsende kehrte Lilli zurück, um ihre Eltern in Wien zu suchen. Alles, was sie vorfand, war ein Koffer voller Briefe und Bilder, die ihre Eltern an Verwandte in Wien geschickt hatten. Sie erzählen eine schreckliche, herzzerreißende Geschichte...

 

Lilli Tauber grew up in a small town in Austria, Wiener Neustadt, where her parents tended the family store. Then came 9 November 1938--the pogrom known as Kristallnacht. Her father was arrested, Lilli was thrown out of school, and when her father was released, her parents got Lilli onto a kindertransport to England. From her refuge in Great Britain, Lilli wrote countless letters to her parents. And they wrote to her--not only from Vienna, but from a ghetto they were sent to in Poland. At war's end, Lilli returned to Vienna to look for them. Perhaps they too would return. But the letters Lilli found in a suitcase told a terrible, heartrending story. And then there were the pictures her father had sent back. This is Centropa's longest and most complex film, produced by Ulrike Ostermann, assisted by Wolfgang Els and Marie-Christine Schmid, with the help and dedicated cooperation of Lilli Tauber.

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