In 1928, Salomea Genin's Jewish parents came from Krakow to Berlin, where she was born in 1932. The family fled to Melbourne, Australia in May 1939. At 12 years old Genin became a member of the Eureka Youth League, a Communist youth organisation. After finishing her training as a typist, she worked as a secretary. She returned to Berlin in 1954 and immigrated to the GDR in 1963, where she worked as a interpreter, translator and English teacher. In 1982 she realized that she was living in a police state and became suicidal. Her first book Shayndl and Salomea saved her life. In her second book Ich folgte den falschen Göttern - eine australische Jüdin in der DDR (I Followed False Gods – an Australian Jew in the GDR), she describes the path her life took up to the beginning of the 90s. Today she only has one message: the most important thing in life is to be able to love, and to forgive. At the Gorki she's part of the ensemble in Atlas des Kommunismus.