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Never forget

16 November 2018

Writer Derek Niemann spent the day with us on Wednesday, speaking in Prayers, giving a creative writing workshop and a talk in The Ship about his book, A Nazi in the Family.

Mr Niemann discovered by chance six years ago that his German grandfather, who died before he was born, had been an SS officer involved in the Holocaust.

His research into his family's dark secret led him to conclude that "Ordinary people can do extraordinarily ghastly things".

Mr Niemann said while he felt no personal shame, he did feel the weight of responsibility to share the story, especially in the world today, where attacks on Jews in the USA have increased for three years running.