Maria, the Girl in the Train
The fate of a woman between
Germany, South Africa, South America.
Merch Movie Edition, 2002
Photo cover, pocket book.
Languages available: german
English version is being prepared.
1939 B.B. was born of German parents in Durban, South Africa.
B.B., a South African with German roots i.e. a German with a South African
soul and a Latin American temperament, lived 21 years as a foreigner in
Her short stories brought to the point, offer a rich life experience and
a very individual and interesting language with a multicultural touch.
Deported, Desolate, Displaced.
1948 Hamburg Central Station. With tears in her eyes the 8 year old Maria
says goodbye to her parents and sisters. She is sent by her father and
against her will to South Africa, where she will be educated in a German
Because Maria was born in Durban, she is the only member of the family who
possesses a South African passport. The little girl therefore becomes the
bridgehead for her family: Only if Maria is located in South Africa will
they be allowed to immigrate. But Maria does not know why she is being
deported. She is told to obey the adults and keep her mouth shut. This
slogan accompanies her throughout her life.
An unknown lady travels with her on the train and the voyage by ship. Maria
is tremendously sad and afraid. What has she done to deserve this? Why must
she be the only who must leave her home and be sent to the other side of
the world without her family?
Maria must learn to find herself around an absolutely strange world. Her
traumatic experience of being abandonned is so strong that it affects her
whole life. As schoolgirl in London, as Lufthansa hostess in Dakar,
as a married woman and mother in Buenos Aires.
She is outwardly submissive because she is afraid of being deported again
but inwardly near to explosion.
Finally Maria beginns to drastically alter her life. She decides to end
being submissive and never to remain silent again. The stations lf her life
are thrilling because her inner development is reflected in that of many
The story is sad and sentimental but encouraging at the same time.