Farewell to childhood dreams: This is how Natascha Kampusch is doing today

Natascha Kampusch had to say goodbye early on to the desire to become an actress and to have many children.

Farewell to childhood dreams: This is how Natascha Kampusch is doing today

Natascha Kampusch had to say goodbye early on to the desire to become an actress and to have many children. Nevertheless, she starts every day with a smile, she says. In her new book, she describes how she is coping with her life 16 years after fleeing her kidnapper.

The fate of Natascha Kampusch made headlines around the world. The 34-year-old Austrian was kidnapped in 1998 at the age of ten. After more than eight years, she was able to escape in the summer of 2006. Since then Kampusch has been trying to lead "a normal life", as she tells the "Bild am Sonntag".

"Of course, what I experienced often comes up in my head [...] I'm still in therapy, it's part of my life," says Kampusch. Despite what she has experienced, she is "an optimistic, positive person. I start every day with a smile."

As a child, she dreamed of "having four to seven children," she says. But she is now too old for that. She also had the goal of becoming a famous actress and making films. Kampusch is now pursuing other dreams: "Now I intend to discover and travel the world and experience as many small successes as possible."

Kampusch has written several books in recent years. In "10 Years of Freedom", which was published in 2016, she reports on her life after her successful escape. Instead of experiencing a whole new life full of energy and opportunity, she was repeatedly forced to delve into her dark past, it says.

Kampusch describes how difficult it was for her to find her role - and why, despite everything, she has not lost her belief in the good in people. "Now the phase is just beginning where I really try to take my life into my own hands and develop myself," Kampusch said in a 2016 interview with ORF.

Kampusch's new book "Show strength: coping strategies for a powerful life" will be published by Dachbuch Verlag tomorrow, November 28th. According to the publisher, she goes into it, among other things, where she gets the strength "to cope with what she has experienced" and how she manages "to be happy despite the past".

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