The Anglo-Danish Society

Book Release: 'Let Him Go' by Ib Katznelson

When:  Published May 2019

In 2010, the Danish author Ib Katznelson becomes aware of an article from a Danish newspaper with the headline "Sold, 21 Jews to the Gestapo for 600 kr". The article was published 10 November 1945 and was about two informers the police had arrested. They had informed the Gestapo that a Jewish escape to Sweden would take place in the evening of 4 October 1943 from the Chemical Factory at Amager Strandvej. Those Jews included the two-year-old Ib and his close family.

Ib began an intense search for a past, which he did not consciously remember. He looked for witnesses, documents and camps. Gradually his mother opened up and talked about the struggle for their survival in Ravensbrück‘s and Theresienstadt’s brutal environments, about the desperation and the hope that left her. But also about the reunification with family members and with Ib's father who survived the concentration camp Sachsenhausen.

Ib relates his, his mother’s and father’s stories, along with those of others in the camp by means of testimonies, letters and historical documentation.

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