‘My life has become a mission’ – The 96-year-old Holocaust survivor who returned to Germany with a warning for the next generation 

Margot Friedlander still wears the necklace her mother left for her the day she went to surrender to the Gestapo. She still carries her mother’s notebook, full of names and addresses of people who could help her to hide. They were all Auguste Bendheim left her 21-year-old daughter the day she set off to her death in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. The necklace, the notebook, and a message: “Try to make your life”.

Now 96 years old, Ms Friedlander still carries the fading yellow Star of David she tore off her clothes that day when she realised she would have to go into hiding. She is one of the rare Jews who survived in hiding in Berlin, the capital of the Nazi empire. Today she is something even…

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