Writing down treasured recipes can evoke memories of happier times and bear witness to the will to create under the most dire of circumstances. In some cases, this type of documentation was even a way to preserve a past that the Nazis and their collaborators were rapidly destroying. Ilona Kellner smuggled blank pages out of wastebaskets in a forced-labor camp and used them to record hundreds of recipes dictated by her fellow women prisoners, along with some of her own recipes.
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