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Teenage Girl Helps Holocaust Survivor Tell Her Story In A Book

Gabrielle Marlowe (left) and Ilse Lindemayer (right) pose with the book they wrote together, "I'm A Survivor." (Credit: Karin Phillips)

Gabrielle Marlowe (left) and Ilse Lindemayer (right) pose with the book they wrote together, “I’m A Survivor.” (Credit: Karin Phillips)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The story of a local holocaust survivor has been put in a book, thanks to a teenage girl who decided to help her tell her incredible story.

Ilse Lindemeyer, 83, lives in the Liberty Lutheran’s Paul’s Run retirement community in the Northeast.  But on the night of Kristallnacht, she was just a little girl in Germany, frightened by a woman’s ranting on a trolley.

You can hear Karin Phillips’ interview with Ilse Lindemeyer and Gabrielle Marlowe in this CBS Philly ‘Specials Place’ podcast…

“When we’ve killed all the Jews here in Germany, I’m going to have it gilded and put in my china closet.  Can you imagine?  Everybody clapped and I felt I had to clap too.”

Ilse was going to write her story but lost all of her notes in a fire.  Then 12-year-old Gabrielle Marlowe stepped in and helped Ilse write her story as a Bat Mitzvah project.

“I wanted to teach people about the Holocaust through the eyes of a child.”

The book I’m a Survivor is now in schools and Jewish centers and is looking for wider publication.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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