Story by Elena Makarova

  Big news
  Striptease for dessert
  Mauritius Odyssey
  A role
  El Paradiso in Jerusalem
  Time Machine
  Old age
  Cloud Catcher

People from Lund

Leo Kramar put his father’s letters and family photos in a briefcase and drove to Stockholm with his wife Gunilla.
I was at a meeting at the time, in connection with the panel conference organized at the Kulturhuset on the subject Culture and Barbarity.
Just then I was called to the phone. Someone had arrived from Lund, I was told, and was waiting for me at the entrance. I took the lift down. An elderly man embraced me and held me to him. Next to him was his blond wife.
Thus I met Leo Kramar, the son of Leo Mayer. It seemed like the drawing had already done its job, but this was only the prelude.
The three of us went up to my office and sat down around a little table amid heaps of papers. Leo opened a folder and showed me a photo of his father in profile, with a cigarette. The figure in baggy trousers was Leo Mayer himself in a Pasha’s costume, hardly to do with the Terezin theater.
"Father wrote wonderful letters," Leo Kramar recalled. "He gave me lists of books I should read as a teenager, wrote in English to me – to encourage me to learn languages. … His nickname was Amandus, from Greek mythology, a favorite with women. He was quite a Bohemian…"



      Boarding Pass to Paradise. Artists Peretz Beda Mayer and Fritz Haendel.  © Elena Makarova, 2005. For Contacts: Elena Makarova