Andrew Miller’s great grand-parents emigrated from Eastern Europe to the East End of London. In The Earl of Petticoat Lane, he tells the amazing story of his grandfather, from barrow boy to high society. In his autobiography, A Home from Home: from Immigrant Boy to English Man, George Alagiah, looks back on his own journey.
Both authors compared immigrant experiences and discussed whether the once inclusive British society is in danger of becoming apartheid UK.
Extraordinarily, Roman Halter made it out of the Lodz ghetto, survived Auschwitz and endured the Dresden bombing, before finally escaping to England.
Peter Lantos journeyed from Hungary to Bergen-Belsen where his father died. After liberation, he endured Communist oppression in Budapest.
They both revealed how they survived and built successful and happy lives.
In his book, The Crime of My Very Existence, Michael Berkowitz investigates the myths and realities of “Jewish criminality”. Philip Kerr has given vivid depictions of German society in his dazzling Berlin Noir Trilogy. Together they discussed how these myths were used to feed antisemitism.
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