Childhood and adolescence
„There was no distinction made between Jews and Christians.“ Hilde Forst (1908- 2002), Kastellaun
In the classroom
Son of the commandment
Schwimmbad in Laufersweiler
Zeugnisse jüdischer Schüler
Evangelische Schule in Laufersweiler 1928
"Erinnerungen an meine Schulzeit"
Poesiealbum mit Eintrag von Ruth Seligmann
Ä Kind steht am Zaun
Under the swastika
“We were a really bad group of kids and played all kinds of pranks. We were two Jewish boys and five Christians. That didn’t make any difference to us. Then Hitler became chancellor after the 30th of January 1933. I came to school and my best friends yelled ‘Hey Jew, go back to Palestine. You don’t have any reason to be here.’ I was only 10 years old, and I didn't know what they meant. What do I have to do with Palestine? It was quite obvious that I was Jewish. I never tried to hide that fact, but why should I have to go to Palestine?" Rolf (Shimon) Mayer (1925-2010), Laufersweiler
Paula Petry: „Ä Kind steht am Zaun“ (A child standing at the fence) (from: “Iwert Dorf enaus”)
The dialect poet Paula Petry from Hennweiler recalls the exclusion from their school of her good friend, Ilse Goldberg. As a child, she couldn’t understand why they were not allowed to play together anymore.
Read by Gisela Wagner, Laufersweiler