The Impossible Return to Germany

In 1933, when the Nazis came to power, more than half a million Jews lived in Germany. When World War II ended, only a small Jewish community had survived.

Only very gradually did the Jews begin to regard Germany as their home again.

This is the story of two women who, after escaping the horrors of the Nazi terror with their parents, returned to Germany determined to rebuild their Jewish life on their own terms.

Every now and then, most of us are stunned by powerful memories of our past. Memories too painful to remember we simply choose to forget. Lotte Bruchfeld, 98, says she does remember that while a refugee in Chile she married another German Jew refugee and together they returned to Germany in 1958. Then she goes back to the privacy of her mind.


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