Souvenirs de l’abîme/Le Bonheur de l’innocence

William Tannenzapf est déterminé à survivre et à sauver sa femme et leur bébé des griffes des nazis. Renate, le « bébé miraculé », est née alors que le monde sombrait dans la guerre. Affamé, réduit en esclavage, il confie sa fille à une famille polonaise pour qu’elle vive dans l’« innocence de l’enfance ». Plus tard, parents et enfant sont réunis et jetés dans les tourments de la vie de réfugiés puis d’immigrés dont Renate Krakauer offre un aperçu fascinant de son point de vue d’enfant survivant. Ses descriptions sont un contrepoint émouvant aux réflexions d’adulte de son père sur les mêmes événements. Cet ouvrage offre ainsi au lecteur l’opportunité rare de lire les récits de survie de deux membres d’une même famille.

At a Glance
William Tannenzapf:
Poland
Forced labour
Hiding
Postwar Germany, displaced persons camp
Arrived in Canada in 1948
Renate Krakauer:
Poland
Hidden child
Postwar Germany, displaced persons camp
Arrived in Canada in 1948
Adjusting to life in Canada

192 pages

Recommended Ages
12+ , 14+
Language
French

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Photo of William Tannenzapf

About the author

William Tannenzapf was born in Stanisławów, Poland, in 1911 and his daughter, Renate, was born in March 1941, during the Nazioccupation. The family immigrated to Canada in 1948, first settling in Montreal. William worked at Westinghouse Electric in Hamilton, where he had a successful career as an electrical engineer, inventing technologies and earning several patents. He passed away in 2011. Renate Krakauer made her home in Toronto, where she worked in pharmacy, adult education and human resources. She has written and published one book, numerous short stories and essays.

Photo of Renate Krakauer

About the author

Renate Krakauer was born in 1941 in Stanisławów, Poland (now Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine). She and her family came to Canada in 1948. Renate made her home in Toronto, where she earned a masters and a doctorate and worked in various professions. She has written and published one book, as well as numerous short stories and essays. Renate Krakauer lives in Toronto.

Les tourments de l’Holocauste ont eu beaucoup plus d’influence sur ma vie, voire sur celle de mes enfants…