Magazine article New Internationalist

L'Oreal Took My Home

Magazine article New Internationalist

L'Oreal Took My Home

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L'Oreal took My Home by Monica Waitzfelder translated from the French by Peter Bush (Arcadia Books, ISBN 1 905147 11 2)

In his introduction to this book, the famous Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld sets the scene for Monica Waitzfelder's true story of her family's suffering during and after World War Two. Monica's grandparents were affluent German Jews, living in some style in a large house in the industrial city of Karlsruhe. In 1937, as the Nazis intensified their persecution, the family abandoned their home and fled to France. Monica's grandparents were captured and both perished in concentration camps. Monica's mother, Edith, evaded detention and eventually settled in Brazil. After the war, the house in Karlsruhe was bought -in a deal of questionable legality -by the transnational cosmetics company, L'Oreal, which subsequently used it as their German head office.

Throughout Monica's childhood in Brazil, her mother repeatedly told her, 'L'Oreal took my home'. …

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