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Stolpersteine: Sybille Eberhardts neues Buch „Was ist dir widerfahren, Isaak?“

English version: “What happened to you, Isaak?“ (Peter Ritz)

A new book

Tracking Isaak Komras' life

With her investigation in  the fates of eleven female Jewish forced labor workers who were buried unanimously in the Jewish section of  Goeppingen Main Cemetery Sybille Eberhardt has already contributed very much to remembering the inhuman brutality of the National Socialism. She was honored therefore with the Baden-Wuerttemberg Heimatpreis. 

The unveiling of the commemorative plaque for the female forced labor workers took place on November 19, 2019 on Goeppingen Main Cemetery.

Her new book is entitled ;“What happened to you, Isaak?“

An unusual tombstone on the Goeppingen Cemetery induced the author to track the trails of the Jewish boy Isaak Komras from Wilna (Vilnius today, capital of Lithuania) who died at an early age. His shadow hovers through the story of Wilna ghetto. It is attached to the heels of a relative and numerous fellow-sufferers in different concentration camps in oil shale areas of Estonia, in camp Stutthof and a camp in Germany's southwest. Finally when forced on a death march he meets his death in a DP camp in Heidenheim. This camp was set up after the end of Second World War by the allies for the temporary accommodation of persecuted and mistreated people of the Nazi regime („Displaced Persons“) in Germany, Austria, France and Italy. The surviving dependants of Isaak Komras decided for the funeral of their relative on the nearest Jewish cemetery, which was Goeppingen.

Sybille Eberhardt writes: „Thus the city and their inhabitants were entrusted with the honorable remembrance of a short life tormented by German evil practices.“

The history of the young boy is an important contribution to the education against militarism and antisemitism, for peace and democracy. His fate shows something different: While the Goeppingen  Jews were deported to the east and murdered, Jews from these areas were dragged to Southern Germany and exploited. One of them was Isaak Komras.

The production of the book was supported by Stadt Goeppingen. The book is only available in German.

You can buy it at ipunkt in Rathaus Goeppingen for 16.90 Euro.