When did you first
decide to write the book?
I first became interested in writing everything down when my mother told me stories of what happened to her in the war and I compared this with what I had read, for example the Diary of Anne Frank and also with what I had learnt at school. I then spoke to other family members and gradually pieced it all together. This is going back more than 25 years. The notion that it could become a book evolved over many years, but seriously about 10 years ago.