Carry Ulreich’s circumstances closely resemble those of another dutch teenage Jewish girl, Anne Frank. Their fate, however, could not have been more different.
The Dutch editor Mozaiek publishes her story this year in the form of a diary covering the three years Mrs Ulreich spent in hiding with her parents and her sister, Rachel, under the roof of a catholic family in Rotterdam.
The diary tells the story of Carry Ulreich and her family, emigrants from Poland who made it past the tragedy of the Holocaust by going into hiding for three long years. Research conducted by Dutch historians show there were about 25,000 to 30,000 Jews kept in secret hideouts in the Netherlands during the Second World War; two-thirds are said to have survived.
As El Pais reports, Carmela Mass, by the name she goes today, had kept her diary in 7 volumes locked away her lifelong before one of her sons prompted attention on it. She is now about to present her book at the Francfort Book Fair in October.
Mrs Mass, now living in Israel, said she had always kept contact with the Ziljmans family who saved her life. She declared at a press conference in the Netherlands: “Can you imagine? They didn’t do it for the money but out of love for Jesus.”
In her diary, published in collaboration with historian Bart Wallet, she paints the details of her everyday life in hiding and unveils all the little and seemingly trivial stories that make for History, from the heated debates that opposed her orthodox Jewish father and the devout catholic Ziljman family to her thoughts on the yellow star. “I didn’t care (…) I felt proud to be Jewish,” she writes.
“At night I dream about peace,” says the title on the cover of the book; a testimony of hope.