Josh Spero

Josh Spero is associate arts editor of the Financial Times and author of Second-Hand Stories (2015), a book about the past lives of his second-hand books.
The Lost Café Schindler
Meriel Schindler spent most of her life dealing with her father Kurt, an often-impossible man who made extravagant claims about their family history. Were they really related to Franz Kafka, Oskar Schindler or Hitler’s Jewish physician Dr Bloch? And what really happened on Kristallnacht, the night that Nazis beat her grandfather half to death? Following Kurt’s passing in 2017 lawyer Meriel pieced together an extraordinary story taking in two centuries, two world wars ...