Legacies

, Jonathan Freedland, Anne Karpf, Jonny Geller

06/03/2005 12:15 pm
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How does family history spur someone to literature? And what happens when that history coincides with some of the 20th century’s most dramatic and painful events?

David Baddiel’s latest novel, The Secret Purposes, is based on the life of his German refugee grandfather. In Jacob’s Gift, Jonathan Freedland explores the identity he is passing on to his young son. Anne Karpf’s memoir, The War After, looks at the ways her life has been affected by her survivor parents. Together with Jonny Geller, they discussed the role of memory and history in their lives and work.

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LONDON JEWISH CULTURAL CENTRE (LJCC)

Jonathan Freedland


Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian and is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series The Long View as well as the co-host (with the Israeli journalist Yonit Levi) of Unholy, a weekly podcast. He has written twelve books, the latest of which is The Escape Artist: the Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World.

Anne Karpf


Anne Karpf is a sociologist and award-winning journalist, contributing regularly to The Guardian and other publications. Her books include How to Age, translated into ten languages, an acclaimed family memoir The War After: Living with the Holocaust and How Women Can Save the Planet. She is Professor of Life Writing and Culture at London Metropolitan University.

Jonny Geller