Voices of the Next Generations

Next generations of former prisoners of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp tell their stories

To Bring Back the Trauma

Anouk Focquier, granddaughter of Belgian resistance fighters who were captured, torured and killed in Nazi concentration camps

My grandfather Viktor Focquier was captured and put in prison here in Sachsenhausen. Three other family member were via different other concentration camps sent to Gusen in Austria where they died. For generations there was a family trauma that was like an elephant in a room and since nobody was capable of defining this elephant. And nobody really wanted to talk about it directly. It took me 20 years to realize that my upbringing was different from a lot of other people and that my family was suffering from the events that happened to them.

Anouk Focquier sitting in a chair in a seminar room.
Photo: Ruthe Zuntz


Anouk Focquier