I read this article https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/28/number-of-eu-citizens-refused-entry-to-uk-soars-despite-covid-crisis?utm_term=8e419d2f10ab0b9b3dd8189472363797&utm_campaign=MorningBriefingUK&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=morningbriefinguk_email Unfortunately, it reminded me of my relative, cousin of my grandfather, an esteemed Jewish musicology University professor from Prague who was refused entry to Britain twice in 1939. He was travelling with his family. He returned to Czechoslovakia, and after correspondence, got authorisation for a settlement visa in the UK. They travelled back and were again refused by the border … Continue reading I am not happy about the UK attitude to arrivals from abroad.
I just read an article. https://www.heyalma.com/there-are-still-people-who-want-jews-dead/?utm_source=alma_marapost&utm_campaign=alma&utm_medium=email&mpweb=1161-30494-580662&fbclid=IwAR0zGN10T9Hm5cHfklwbZ4b2p_OIk9SC2jX00UoO3HEWYg5Naghxruf4RzE I don’t have this experience, but I understand, and it feels bad. It should not be about Israeli/Palestinian situation. not all Jewish people feel Israel is their country. I don’t. In fact, when people presume that being Jewish, I must be pro-Israeli politics, it annoys me, and I take it as a sign of their antisemitism.: I am completely … Continue reading I am a Jewish Czech rather than a Czech Jew . I am interested in Israeli/Palestinian politics and wish them all a better, peaceful life but Israel is not my country.
My non-Jewish relatives in Slovakia did a lot to help Jewish people from the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia- the German occupied Czech part of former Czechoslovakia. My husband’s great grandfather was working in railroads. Slovakia proclaimed independence in March 1939 when the Czech part of state was occupied by Nazi Germany. Slovakia was not occupied by the Germans but had its own fascist state with … Continue reading A nice story, and I am sure there are many.
I just read this article in The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/16/first-hand-stories-nazi-death-marches-wiener-holocaust-library One of my aunts, my mother’s cousin was only 18 when she was on one of these death marches. She run away, burnt her forearm to destroy the number and pretended to be a German escaping from the Russians. Some local Germans gave her money for train tickets. My aunt got back to Prague and worked … Continue reading Death marches and a taster of my novel.
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“No well-informed person has declared a change of opinion to be inconstancy.”–Marcus Tullius Cicero One of my history teachers said something to the effect that people who choose not to evaluate their opinions may simply be pigheaded. He also admitted that what he said was just his opinion and that he was open to changing it. I don’t remember the context… Continue reading Opinion Revision
It is Mother’s Day in the USA. Not here, but my family never celebrated it anyway. However, all those entries on FB made me think about my mum. A Holocaust survivor, she was 18 when the war finished, and found out that her father and brother, as well as many other relatives have been killed. She managed remarkably to jump 5 grades to graduate with … Continue reading I loved my mother, although I didn’t know it.
This is a very interesting article https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/may/06/guardian-200-ad-that-saved-jewish-father-from-nazis More refugee stories. And kind people helping. Continue reading We always need kind people
I posted this in November. And this article in The Guardian made me re-post it. I am thinking about all the cases in the past, the ships with Jewish refugees returned back to Europe, or in one case diverted to Mauritius. I am thinking about how birth rates in Western countries are going down, in the USA, Italy, Germany. The populations are aging. In my … Continue reading Be good to refugees, it could be you…
September will be an eventful month for me. Do you know about Stolpersteine? There are little gold colour tiles with names put in the pavements in front of the houses where the victims of the Holocaust last lived and were free before deportation. I think it is a wonderful idea, and it is so good that it was a German artist that came up with … Continue reading My book will be launched in the same month we will add a lasting memory of my relatives who died in the Holocaust.
After starting with a long draft which included parts of my novel and spoilers and was far too long, over 1300 words. Don’t worry! I cut and cut and cut. So now I have a draft with less than 200 words. Just a welcome and what will come next. I am a woman of many words, so I am quite proud of myself. I need … Continue reading Writing first newletter