In her story, Yvonne Salamon goes straight to the facts, and proclaims it today: she will never return to Germany or Poland. She will never forgive either. “Paul Ricoeur, the philosopher said: ‘What is unforgettable is unforgivable’, and for me, it is unforgettable what happened. In Nuremberg, there were acquittals all the same”, recalls the survivor of the Bergen-Belsen camp. She was born there in October 1944, it was her mother who was arrested and who had her “hidden” in her womb. “She had already had two children, she was a midwife and gave a lot of deliveries. During the war, she gave birth to Jewish women when she was resistant.”, she remembers her mother.
While investigating, she found someone who spoke to her about her childhood, namely Francine Christophe. “In the midst of so much barbarism, there were magnificent people with incredible humanity, notably Marcelle Christophe and her daughter Francine who was 11 years old. As they were prisoners of war, they were allowed to bring chocolate or milk in powder in the camp “, says Yvonne Salamon. “The mother and daughter had kept a square of chocolate. My mother went out to give birth on her own, she got there and Marcelle Christophe came and gave her a little square of chocolate even though they were starving. Her daughter said Yes”remembers Yvonne Salamon who found Francine.