This is the Spanish version of Once the Acacias Bloomed: A Childhood Lost.
Fred Spiegel was born in a small German town in 1932, three years after Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Like Anne, Fred and his sister Edith relocated to the Netherlands and were subjected to persecution after the German army invaded and occupied it in May 1940. The Spiegel children, separated from their mother, were sent to transit camp Westerbork, thetransported East ending up in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. They survived the war and reunited with their mother in England in the Fall of 1945. Fred Spiegelâ€™s highly successful (over 12,500 copies in print) memoir has been now translated into Spanish. An teacherâ€™s study guide in EnglishÂ is also available.
Fred Spiegel was born in Dinslaken Germany, in 1932, After Kristallnacht he was sent to live with relatives in Holland, When the Germans invaded Holland, Fred was sent to three concentration camps: Vught, Westerbork, and Bergen-Belsen. On April 13, 1945, he was liberated by the Americans near the River Elbe. After the war, Fred was reunited with his mother and sister. Since then he has lived in England, Israel, Chile and the United States. Retired, Fred now lectures at schools and colleges about his experiences as a child during the Holocaust.