In 1938, Peter Schwiefert, a “Half-Jew”, declares himself a Jew and flees Nazi Germany at the age of twenty-one. His subsequent letters to his mother, with whom he shared an extremely close bond, document his tragic destiny: after periods of exile in Portugal, Greece, Palestine and Egypt, he eventually joins the Free French Forces. His struggle is driven by political as well as personal motives – he is fighting for the triumph of art and beauty as well as freedom and dignity. Peter Schwiefert’s letters look towards an eventual reunion with his mother – a reunion that never takes place. Just before the end of the war he is killed near the Franco-German border.
A unique and intimate historical testimony addressed to the subject of Angelika Schrobsdorff's bestselling biography You Are Not Like Other Mothers, selected and presented by the same author
"More than sixty letters from a son to his mother; letters that leave a memory as radiant as Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet" Madelaine Chapsal, L’Express