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In 2015 Menachem Kaiser discovered that the grandfather he had never met had tried for 30 years to reclaim an apartment building in Sosnowiec that had belonged to his family prior to World War Two. The Fulbright Fellow decided to take up his case and was soon on a circuitous path to encounters with long-time residents of the building and a Polish lawyer known as ‘The Killer’. Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure – also involving astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasure hunters and the revelation of a relative surviving the war – is described by The New York Times as a “twisting and reverberant and consistently enthralling story” and “an often hilarious, often poignant odyssey” by The New Yorker. Kaiser joins us live in London to discuss.
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Menachem Kaiser holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and was a Fulbright Fellow to Lithuania. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, New York, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Jenni Frazer has had an award-winning career in journalism for over 30 years, where she has performed nearly every kind of role, from news reporter to bureau chief, from editing and commissioning, to running a team of reporters. She has interviewed many major celebrities and been a media commentator on UK radio and TV, including News 24 and The World Tonight for the BBC.