The central event in Hilde's childhood occurred on 2 February 1945. She was a confused but compliant girl at the time. Now she is a depressed and angry old woman, who is haunted by the memory of that shameful day. For on that day in February, the ordinary citizens of her village hunted down and murdered approximately 500 prisoners who had escaped from the concentration camp in Mauthausen. This brilliant vel renders the experiences of common people caught up in the political cyclone of the time, reminding us that history is t behind us, r is it outside us.
Elizabeth Reichart was born in 1953 in Steyregg, Upper Austria and studied History and German Literature at the University of Salzburg. She currently lives and writes in Vienna.