Hella Pick CBE was born in Vienna and came to the UK on a Kindertransport. She is a Graduate of the London School of Economics and has an honorary doctorate from Sussex University. She was awarded a CBE in 2000. Specialising in foreign affairs she was on the staff of the Guardian from 1961- 1997. Since then she has worked for Lord Weidenfeld’s Club of Three and later for his Institute of Strategic Dialogue. She served two terms on the Council of Chatham House. She is on the Advisory Board of the Sussex University Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies. Hella is the author of Simon Wiesenthal - A Life in Search of Justice, and of Guilty Victim - Austria from the Holocaust to Haider, and is now completing her Memoirs.
The Swiss, the Nazis and the Stolen Gold
Switzerland not only financed the Nazis and refused admission to the Jewish refugees fleeing them; the country’s most senior government officials and financial institutions systematically conspired to keep billions in gold and other valuables deposited by Jews in Swiss banks or stolen by the Nazis from their rightful heirs. Tom Bower and Adam Lebor explore the infamous tale with Hella Pick.
Sponsored by Dangoor Education
We’re delighted to partner with this latest Jewish Renaissance Book Club. From arriving in the UK on the Kindertransport from Austria in 1939 to a 35-year Guardian career covering everything from the end of Empire in West Africa to JFK’s assasination, Hella Pick has has a unique life and career. Her memoir Invisible Walls: a Journalist in Search of Her Life covers personal heartache and struggles with her Jewish identity as well as unlikely encounters with Mikhail Gorbach...