'You'll Still Think of Me'

Non-Fiction, History, Biographies / Memoirs

Familiar yet strange

When Dorothee Röhrig comes across an old photo of her mother, a spiral of thoughts is set in motion. What does the author know about this woman, who was only 18 years old when her father – Röhrig’s grandfather – Hans von Dohnanyi was executed by the SS in 1945? Who, when the war was over, tried to include her own traumatised mother Christine in their family life – just as the author herself later did with her own grief-stricken mother?

With great emotional honesty, Röhrig describes her volatile relationship with her mother and the role of women in an extraordinary family. A reflection on the ambivalence of feelings and what it means to be part of a family that demands so much from each of its members.

  • An intensely personal portrayal of an extraordinary family whose story is interwoven with German history: Bonhoeffer - Dohnanyi
  • Fascinating portrait of multiple generations
  • Fraught mother-daughter relationship with which, in its fundamental conflicts, readers identify deeply
Dorothee Röhrig

Dorothee Röhrig was born in 1952 in Tübingen, and works as a journalist and author. She worked for many years in senior positions for various women's and consumer magazines. In 2005, she was part of the founding team of Emotion magazine and was its editor-in-chief for many years. Röhrig has one daughter and lives in Hamburg with her husband.

'You'll Still Think of Me'

Familiar yet strange

When Dorothee Röhrig comes across an old photo of her mother, a spiral of thoughts is set in motion. What does the author know about this woman, who was only 18 years old when her father – Röhrig’s grandfather – Hans von Dohnanyi was executed by the SS in 1945? Who, when the war was over, tried to include her own traumatised mother Christine in their family life – just as the author herself later did with her own grief-stricken mother?

With great emotional honesty, Röhrig describes her volatile relationship with her mother and the role of women in an extraordinary family. A reflection on the ambivalence of feelings and what it means to be part of a family that demands so much from each of its members.

  • An intensely personal portrayal of an extraordinary family whose story is interwoven with German history: Bonhoeffer - Dohnanyi
  • Fascinating portrait of multiple generations
  • Fraught mother-daughter relationship with which, in its fundamental conflicts, readers identify deeply
Bibliographic Data
256 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-29044-9
First published 2023