Inseparable by Faris Cassell
The Hess Twins’ Holocaust Journey through Bergen-Belsen to America
See the Holocaust through the Eyes of Children.
Stefan and Marion Hess’s happy childhood was shattered in 1943. Torn from their home in Amsterdam, the six-year-old twins and their parents were deported to a place their mother called “this dying hell”—the infamous concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen.
Inseparable is the vivid account of one family’s struggle to survive the Holocaust. In the camp, the children ran from SS soldiers, making it a game to see who could get closest to the guard towers before being warned they would be shot. Stefan and Marion witnessed their father beaten beyond recognition, dodged strafing warplanes, and somehow survived in a place where “the children were looking for bread between the corpses.” Above all, this is the unforgettable story of a young mother and father who were willing to sacrifice everything for their children.
From the Hesses’ prosperous pre-war life in Germany to their desperate ride in a bulletstrafed boxcar through the rubble of the collapsing Third Reich, Faris Cassell weaves Stefan and Marion’s personal memories and historical details into a gripping narration of their family’s heroic fight for their lives.
As the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, the Hess twins’ account of their childhood ordeal forces the reader to grapple with pure evil. And more important, it is an opportunity to offer the most meaningful of tributes to victims and survivors of the Third Reich—remembrance.
Year first published: 2023