One Family’s Survival Through War, Holocaust and Revolution

256pp 8 ILLUS 2013 LIST PRICE: £18.99 B815



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When two Hungarian Jewish refugees landed in Britain in the winter of 1956, they had little idea what the future would hold but carried with them traces of their turbulent past. Resurrecting 200 years of wars and revolutions, and through the remnants of family possessions and old memories, Barlay retraces the footsteps of the vanished. There is the death march of a grandfather, the military manoeuvres of a great uncle, the final weeks and moments of a great grandmother deported to Auschwitz, two boys’ survival of an untold massacre and codenamed spies operating in Cold War Britain. It is a moving and scrupulously understated story of an all-but-disappeared world, told through the experiences of a single family ruptured by great forces and occasionally brought together by cherry strudel.