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Janna Eliot

Published: 10 February

Region: Europe

by Janna Eliot

Settela SteinbachEach January I wait for her. And she always comes, the beautiful girl in the cattle wagon, featured on every documentary about the Holocaust.


You've probably seen her. She peers through the slit of a closing door, her face  - half hidden in dark shadows - framed by a white scarf. There on the platform are the Jewish prisoners, being pushed onto the train.  And the child stares out at us, a silent, haunting image.


I always wait for the film narrators to say "this girl is a Sinti child, a Dutch Gypsy." But they never do. The girl glides away, along with the other tragicpassengers, away to Poland, to Auschwitz, to Death.

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