That Time Cannot Be Forgotten

That Time Cannot Be Forgotten

A Correspondence on the Holocaust
Emil Georg Sold and Paul Friedhoff, edited by Afterword by John K. Roth. Edited and Translated by Ivan Fehrenbach. Emil Georg Sold and Paul Friedhoff
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/29/2002
ISBN: 978-0-253-10892-0
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In a gripping exchange of letters written in the closing years of the 20th century, two men struggle to come to terms with the signal event of their time, the Holocaust. Born in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany in the early part of the 20th century, both bore witness to the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic, Hitler, World War II, and the Holocaust. But their perspectives were entirely different. Emil Sold was a Catholic who served in the Wehrmacht during World War II. Paul Friedhoff, a Jew, escaped from Hitler’s Germany and fled to the United States. The two men never met. When he was sent a book written by Sold about the Jews in the region where he grew up, Friedhoff decided to contact the author. A half-century after circumstances had placed them in different worlds, they suddenly found themselves in a correspondence that covered the many issues of that earlier time, in particular those involving the Holocaust—racism, hatred, religion, philosophy, government, and education. Despite the obstacle of never having seen one another, the two became friends. Their discussions often lead to conflict and only sometimes end in resolution, for theirs is not a genteel rehashing of generally accepted views. They tackle difficult issues and do not blunt their arguments for fear of offending the other. The result is an honest and open exchange of letters that speak as much to the future as they do about the past.

Author Bio

IVAN FEHRENBACH earned a degree in Literary Translation at Brown University. In addition to this book, he has completed an English translation of an unpublished memoir by an East Prussian farmer whom the Soviets took prisoner in 1945, shortly after he had been conscripted into the Volkssturm. Fehrenbach lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he is currently writing a novel.

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“In a gripping exchange of letters written in the closing years of the 20th century, two men linked by history though separated by time and space struggle to come to terms with the signal event of their time, the Holocaust. Paul Friedhoff, a German Jew born in the Rhineland-Palatinate region in 1907, and Dr. Emil Georg Sold, a Catholic born in the same region in 1920, struck up a correspondence decades after the end of the war. Despite the obstacle of never having seen one another, the two grew to become very good friends, and the correspondence became an integral part of their lives. In remembering and attempting to understand the Holocaust, Friedhoff and Sold hope to save future generations from enduring what their generation has endured. And in that way, their letters are not so much about the past as they are about the future. ”

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Editor's Introduction
Editorial Note
[The Correspondence]
Coda
Afterword by John K. Roth
Index