Welcome to the website of a book “Gabi and Uwe. My grandfather died in Auschwitz, and my was an Esesmann.”

The past often breaks into the present, when one does not expect. Just like that night in July of 2006 in Krakow, as the German journalist Uwe von Seltmann meets Polish artist Gabriela Maciejowska.

The two fall in love, but they must soon realize that the past is not past, but connecting them in a fatal way: Uwe’s grandfather Lothar von Seltmann was during the Second World War an SS-man in Cracow, Gabriela’s grandfather Michał Pazdanowski was in Auschwitz. Three years after the publication of his book “Schweigen die Tater, reden die Enkel” (If the perpetrators will not speak, their grandchildren will), Fischer TB, 2nd edition 2011, in which he tells the story of the research about his grandfather, the author embarks again on the search for the clues. He wants to trace the life and death of Michał Pazdanowski…