"We were the lucky ones." When the Gestapo arrived in Olomouc, they wanted the best house in town as their headquarters. They took the Briess Family home, a beautiful Art Deco building, and in return gave the Briess family exit visas to escape occupied Czechoslovakia.
In this remarkable tale of tragedy and hope, Memorial Scrolls Trust historian Philippa Bernard tells the story of the 1,564 Jewish Sifre Torah (Scrolls of the Law) which were rescued from a disused synagogue outside Prague, and brought to Westminster Synagogue in London in 1964.
This book charts the author's long journey of healing from the trauma caused by having to go into hiding as a child and having to deny that she was Jewish. It is not intended as an autobiography or a clinical paper on the healing process but as an account of a very personal inner journey. Marika Henriques records in words and images how she was shaped and her profession determined by historical events.