Into the Tunnel
The Brief Life of Marion Samuel, 1931-1943
By Götz Aly
(Metropolitan Books, Hardcover, 9780805079272, 144pp.)
Publication Date: January 8, 2008
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In what is as much a detective story as a historical reconstruction, Aly, praised for his "formidable research skills" (Christopher Browning), traces the Samuel family's agonizing decline from shop owners to forced laborers to deportees. Against all odds, Aly manages to recover expropriation records, family photographs, and even a trace of Marion's voice in the premonition she confided to a school friend: "People disappear," she said, "into the tunnel."
A gripping account of a family caught in the tightening grip of persecution, "Into the Tunnel "is a powerful reminder that the millions of Nazi victims were also, each one, an individual life.
Götz Aly, the author of Hitler’s Beneficiaries and Architects of Annihilation, among other books, is one of the most respected historians of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. He has been a visiting fellow at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and currently teaches at the Free University of Berlin.