Sarah Helm on Ravensbrück and David Cesarani on Germany 1933-49
Sarah Helm, David Cesarani
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.
Sarah Helm was a reporter on The Sunday Times and diplomatic editor for The Independent before becoming first the Jerusalem, and then the Brussels, correspondent for the same paper. Her first book was A Life in Secrets.David Cesarani
David Cesarani is Research Professor in History at Royal Holloway, London. The author of several prize-winning books, he has advised many institutions, NGOs and government bodies on Holocaust and post-Holocaust issuesAnne Sebba
Anne Sebba: award winning biographer, historian and author of eleven books. Her latest book is Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy published in the UK and US in 2021. In 2016 Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940’s was the winner of the 2016 Franco-British Society book prize. Previously Anne wrote That Woman, a biography of Wallis Simpson and the scandal of the 1936 abdication crisis based on her discovery of a secret cache of letters. A former Reuters Foreign Correspondent, Anne is a broadcaster and regularly appears on television talking about her books. She is a former chair of Britain's 10,000 strong Society of Authors and lecturer who gives talks to a variety of audiences in the US and UK as well as on cruises and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research.