Henrietta Foster is a freelance producer and director, working regularly with Newsnight. She has made TV documentaries for the BBC and is writing a book about Hungarian Jews.
Haunting Memories and Fractured Identities
Two strikingly new voices came to JBW 2011, original and poetic, revisit the themes of loss and belonging, nourished by their own experiences. In Jenny Erbenbeck’s haunting novel, Visitation the inhabitants of a house by a lake are displaced by history, one family after the other. Julya Rabinovich’s Splithead traces the story of a young girl is taken on a plane from Leningrad, without knowing that she is leaving the country for good. We discovered how beautiful writing is borne from the p...
Traces of the Past
How do a historian and a literary critic recreate the pasts of people they have never met, with little more than papers and a few objects to go on? Orlando Figes and Nancy K. Miller shared the challenges of building a picture of ordinary lives, with their Jewish Book Week audience, in a discussion of his new collection of letters home from the Gulag and her American family chronicle.
Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag and What they Saved: Pieces of a Jewi...
Bo Lidegaard and Bernard Wasserstein Rescuers
Bo Lidegaard’s Countrymen is the first full history of how the Danish people managed to rescue the lives of 95% of the country’s Jewish population. Like her Danish counterparts, Gertrude van Tijn, the subject of Bernard Wasserstein’s The Ambiguity of Virtue, rescued Jewish lives. Working for the Nazi-appointed Jewish Council in Amsterdam, however, she was denounced by some as a collaborator. Both are exceptionally heroic tales of bravery, attesting to the incredible moral fortitude of s...
Hermann Simon: Gone to Ground
Gone to Ground is derived from the tape recordings Hermann Simon made of his mother, Marie Jalowicz Simon, who survived the Second World War by throwing away her yellow star and going to ground. The memoir, translated into English by Anthea Bell, is a German bestseller. Dr Simon, who is director of Berlin’s New Synagogue, will talk about his mother’s extraordinary story with journalist Henrietta Foster.