Marietta Moskin: I Am Rosemarie. cbj Jugendbücher (Paperback, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, Germany)

I Am Rosemarie

Survival in the Third Reich

Original Title: Um ein Haar
Aus dem Amerikanischen from Wolfgang Horstmann

First German Edition

Recommended age group: 12 +
Paperback, 288 pages, 12.5 x 18.3 cm, 4.9 x 7.2 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-30212-5
€ 7.99 [D] | € 8.30 [A] | CHF 11.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: cbj Jugendbücher

Date of publication: April 1, 2005
This title is available.


Rights sold to: The Netherlands (Uitgeverij Holland)
Original English version available!

Marietta  Moskin - I Am Rosemarie


The focus: the 60th anniversary of the end of the war and the freeing of the forced labour and concentration camps

Similar to the Diary of Anne Frank, this novel with its authentic background deals with events in the Third Reich from the perspective of a young person.

The Bergen-Belsen Memorial Site will have both the German and English versions of the book available for sale.

Includes a glossary, topical afterword from the author, and a foreword by Dr Ralph Giordano.
In America, this book has established itself as a classic and is found in every library.

For the first time in German: the moving fate of Marietta Moskin in the Third Reich

Amsterdam, May 1940. Rosemarie, her parents and her grandmother, Austrian Jews who have long lived in the Netherlands, experience the German invasion. They suffer through every level of degradation: having the J stamped in the passport, wearing the Star of David, being refused access to public establishments and facilities, and eventually losing their home and possessions. Rosemarie is forced to leave school and so loses track of her best friend. In 1942, she and her family were taken and interned in the Westerbork Transit Camp. They witness the departure of packed trains, transports heading to the East. Rosemarie instinctively senses what these people will encounter at the end of their journey – without truly imagining its full dimension.

Quite surprisingly, the family receives South American passports. As so-called ‘exchange Jews’, they are held in Bergen-Belsen, slated to be taken to Switzerland to be exchanged for Germans.

Before their train can bring them to freedom, Rosemarie and her family must endure the brutal everyday life of a concentration camp run by the SS, with role calls, gruelling work, cold and harassment. They suffer from lice and typhus. And they witness the arrival to their camp of completely ragged, exhausted women, the survivors of a death march from camps in the East. When they have given up all hope of being exchanged, early in 1945a train transport takes place, destined for Switzerland.

What profound disappointment, however, when shortly before the Swiss border, they are among those who must leave the train because not enough Germans are available to be exchanged for them. Instead of being in Switzerland, the family is interred in Camp Lindele in Biberach. There they will eventually be freed by French troops.


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