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What value does it have today that one of the last survivors of Auschwitz has spent 25 years of his life telling his story. In the book about the 97-year-old Arlette Andersen, which was published in December 2018, it is told that the French-born Jewish woman has left great historical impacts in both Denmark and France.


The book, "We are here to die", is written by the author Thomas Kvist Christiansen, who is also the producer of the documentary film "Arlette - a story we must never forget".


For 25 years, Arlette Andersen dedicated her life to lecturing on surviving a year of captivity in the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz during World War II. It turned into a lot of lectures. 426 in total from 1990 to 2015.


Arlette Andersen, who is now 97 years old, has been one of the most wanted speakers in Denmark, and she has left many strong “footprints”. With a mission to help us never to forget the Holocaust and Auschwitz, Arlette Andersen's strong story has burned into many people's memory. During her long lecture journey, she has spoken to nearly 100,000 people.


The book "We are here to die" not only tells Arlette Andersen's strong personal story, it is also a documentation of the importance of her having spent so many years of her life telling her story. For this special achievement, Arlette Andersen has been awarded twice with the French Knight's Cross, Legion d´Honour, just as in 2015 she became an honorary member of the University of Clermont Ferrand in France, which she attended in 1943 when she was arrested.


“We have to be the witnesses of the witnesses. That is why it is important that our children are able to say to their children - I have heard this from one of the survivors' own mouths, that is what happened. "


This is what the French ambassador, Francoise Zimeray, says in the book about the value of Arlette Andersen's lecture tour, when in 2016 he awarded her the French Knight's Cross of 2nd degree. In the book, there are many other people in both Denmark and France who put into words what it has meant that Arlette Andersen in 1990 chose to break the silence about her experiences as a deported Jew during World War II.

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