In this autobiography, Dr. Fred Gottlieb describes his most happy childhood days in a small town in Western Germany growing up within the confines of a religious home and within the walls of a beautiful garden. These walls shielded him and his sister from the evil of Nazi anti-Semitism that led relentlessly to the November 9, 1938 Kristallnacht. A major part of this narrative is a description of the Siegburg Kehilla, its history, its synagogue, and finally, its demise. With the help of vintage photographs, letters and documents, Gottlieb writes this requiem for a centuries-old community. A detailed list of more than three hundred Siegburg Jews and their ultimate fate indicates that more than a third of the community perished at the hands of the Nazis. Photographs of many of the victims bring out the very human dimension of the tragedy. It is hoped that this little book will serve as a memorial for the Siegburg Kehilla, which, like its members, possessed a soul of its own.