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Novelist remembers parents’ Holocaust

By Arielle Gomberg/Assignments Editor
Published: 3/21/06

Amir Gutfreund had a wonderful childhood. Growing up in Haifa, Israel in the 70s, he played soccer, went to the beach and enjoyed the sunshine.

But he said his innocence was surrounded by vapors, which were as invisible as they were flammable.

You don’t see them or feel them, Gutfreund said in Hebrew yesterday during a presentation of his book Our Holocaust, but in a flash, they ignited everywhere.