I can relate. By falsely accusing my mother of sexual abuse, I tapped into a dark pit of rage against her; rage that had been repressed for more than 30 years. An only child, I grew up under the thumb of authoritarian parents who pushed me to be the perfect daughter. Negative emotions were squelched, painful issues never discussed. Heading the list of taboo subjects was the stillbirth of a baby that happened when I was about four years old. Fifteen years later, that childhood event returned to haunt me. I got pregnant with my first serious boyfriend, and went through a hellish abortion. Even though I was living at home and going to university, I managed to keep the abortion secret from my parents. I tried to ignore my anguish, in vain, just as my parents had tried to ignore the stillbirth long ago. But my guilt, anger and misery festered. By the time I was 38, I was a walking time bomb. My therapist unwittingly lit the fuse.
Dr Randa was shown to a cold room in the basement of the museum in which two bunk beds had been erected. The next morning he awoke to find three others in the room: Dr Eppstein was an antiques dealer, Dr Muneles, a museum curator, was an expert in Jewish calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts, and Dr Murmelstein, a former rabbi from Vienna, was a celebrated authority on Jewish ritual artefacts. They were the only men who remained of the 100 who had first been summoned. They had been selected, by order of the Führer himself, to put together a special catalogue of Jewish life and culture that would be turned into a grand display when the war was over. It would be called The Museum of the Extinct Race.