In close collaboration with the Dutch publisher of Holocaust books, Uitgeverij Verbum, we will be releasing shortly Salo Muller’s book See You Tonight and Promise to Be a Good Boy! War Memories.
Salo Muller has written a narrative nonfiction book titled ‘See you tonight, and promise to be a good boy!’ . Those were the last words his mother said to him in 1942 when she took him to school, right before she was deported to Auschwitz.
She and her husband were arrested a few hours later and taken to Westerbork, from where they would later board the train that took them to Auschwitz.
The book is, in his own words, “the story of a little boy who experienced the most horrible things, but got through it somehow and ended up in a great place.” Salo, at only 5 years old, spent his time during the war in hiding, in as much as eight different locations.
The book tells the story of his experiences during the war, but also explains how he tried to make sense of his life after the war, being a young orphan. His memories are interwoven with historical facts and explanations, making it both an autobiography and a historical narrative.
Salo Muller became famous in the 1970s as the physiotherapist for Ajax, the Amsterdam soccer team. He treated renowned players such as Johan Cruijff, Sjaak Swart and Piet Keizer. He wrote the book Mijn Ajax in 2006, about his experiences with the team. After Ajax he started his own private practice and was the editor for Fysioscoop, the leading magazine on physiotherapy and wrote two books on injuries. In 2007 another book about his work as a physiotherapist was published: ‘Blootgeven’. Salo debuted with his first novel in 2013, De foto. The theme of this book is also the Holocaust. The why of the tragedy is something he can’t let go:
‘Hardly a day goes by when I don’t shed a tear but, unfortunately, it doesn’t change a thing.’
‘See you tonight and promise to be a good boy!’ was the result of Salo’s participation in of the Shoah Project, initiated by Steven Spielberg and the USC Shoah Foundation, where his testimony was recorded. This encouraged him to write down his story.
The book was published in 2005 for the first time by Uitgeverij Houtekiet and published again by Uitgeverij Verbum in 2014. It was very well received, getting reviews in some of the major newspapers in the Netherlands, such as NRC Handelsblad and Volkskrant. The first copy of the book was presented by him to the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, at the book launch in 2014.
Salo Muller is regularly invited to speak about his war memories and his experiences at schools, institutions, museums and television shows. The book is often used for lessons in schools and would serve well as a textbook.