My novel is mainly about the dilemma of emigration. Most of my relatives made a mistake by staying in the Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, or later in the communist Czechoslovakia after the war.
I emigrated from the communist Czechoslovakia when it was almost not worth it- 1986. In 1989, the Communist system crumbled.
I live in England. I have worked here as a Family doctor for more than 30 years, This is London, my patients were from many ethnic backgrounds. Many of them were,like me, refugees.
After my mother, a Holocaust survivor died, I started thinking about writing a book about the story of my family and people I knew. For a while, I called it ” My Jewish book”. But then I realised that was not what I wanted to do. I believe that people of different ethnic groups are not only equal, but also similar. Antisemitism, racism, religious or political persecution, it is all the same problem.
Emigration is a major issue nowadays.
Of course, I don’t understand it very well. But maybe I understand it better than others. Many of my relatives and I were refugees at one time. My sons are first generation immigrants – they were both born in Prague.
Making my book a novel, rather than writing non fiction gives me more freedom and it is more fun.
And my relatives will not want to kill me! I am not writing about them. Those characters are fictional, although the similarities are not coincidental.
My book is almost finished, but it will need a lot of work.
I will also blog from time to time about other things. Maybe if you get to know me, you’ll be curious to read my book…