This event took place on Tuesday 28 February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.
Refusing to be defined by the tragic events of WW2, two remarkable women reveal their inimitable life stories. Patron of the Arts Rosa Lipworth and Dorit Oliver-Wolff, whose memoir From Yellow Star to Pop Star recounts the story of her rise to fame in post-war Berlin, talk to author and journalist Anne Sebba.
Ravensbrück was the only concentration camp with solely female occupants; today it is barely known. Sarah Helm has written the definitive account of the camp, singling out many acts of heroism among the atrocities.Drawing on newly-translated testaments and research, David Cesarani’s Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-49 demonstrates the surprising lack of inevitability in the events that culminated in the Holocaust. The authors will be talking to Anne Sebba.
Anne Sebba reads during a session on the French Resistance with Caroline Moorehead and Ed Stourton.
Caroline Moorehead’s Village of Secrets is a gripping and penetrating account of the villagers of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon who risked (and sometimes lost) their lives to save several thousand Jewish fugitives from being deported by the Vichy regime. Broadcaster Edward Stourton’s Cruel Crossing recounts the exploits and extraordinary valour of a desperate collection of disparate people, united only in their desire to escape the Nazis.
Twenty five years after her death, Wallis Simpson exerts a more powerful fascination than ever. That Woman is the first full scale biography written by a woman about the Duchess of Windsor, one of the most glamorous and vilified women of the last century and a key character in the recent blockbuster film,The King’s Speech.