This my last blog in 2021. It is a sad one and it summarises my Autumn. I am making a full stop. My novel “ Why didn’t they leave?” is about the painful 20th century history, The Holocaust, emigration, totalitarian system. I am now writing a different book, not about Holocaust. It might even be funny. My son bought an old book in a second-hand … Continue reading It will never happen again, right? We will not allow it.
I am in Prague. Tomorrow, we are going to lay Stolpersteine http://www.stolpersteine.eu/en/home/ in front of the house in Prague where my family lived before they were deported by the Nazis to a concentration camp. There will be the 5th generation there, my grandchildren. I will blog about that, of course, but I’d like to talk about a play I saw in London the evening before … Continue reading The play Leopoldstadt and coping with traumatic family past.
It’s all happening, official British launching of my book, my BBC Radio 4 interview. On 28th September, my book will officially be published in th UK. There is also a possibility to review the book on the publisher’s site. The book has already been available in the USA since 5th August. https://www.bookguild.co.uk/bookshop/book/288/Why%20Didn’t%20They%20Leave%3F/ So whoever is kind enough to want to review my book on Amazon, … Continue reading Exciting week -book and a BBC Radio 4 Interview
1918-1945 Czechoslovakia became independent after the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918 when the WW1 finished. It used to be an independent kingdom of Bohemia but despite still keeping the name, it was ruled by the Austrians since 1620. Czechoslovakia after 1918 was a prosperous democratic republic. Prague had a long history of Jewish inhabitants, and the Old New Synagogue in Prague , built … Continue reading A simple summary of the historical background of my novel.
The date my book will be published by Book Guild publishers is 28th September, it is a holiday in Czechia, the Czech Statehood Day. copyright ©jorisvo/123RF.COM It is the anniversary of the assassination of king Vaclav- the Good king Wenceslas from the English Christmas carol. He was sainted and is the patron of Czech lands. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wenceslaus_I,_Duke_of_Bohemia I don’t quite understand why the anniversary of his … Continue reading What has my book Why didn’t they leave? has in common with Good King Wenceslas carol?
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