About the Book
On 25 March 1996, as Jan Philipp Reemtsma was about to open the front door of his home in Hamburg-Blankenese, he was knocked down and abducted. For 33 days, his kidnappers locked him away in the cellar of a rented house near Bremen. He was set free only after 30 million marks ransom had been paid, an unprecedented amount in postwar Germany.
This is Jan Philipp Reemtsma's personal account of his imprisonment in the cellar, a chronology of events, an analysis, and the self-analysis of an intellectual who, as a scholar, has dealt with the very effects of trauma which he was now forced to experience himself.