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The writing on the wall : how one boy, my father, survived the holocaust

Author: Juliet Rieden; Magda Szubanski
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : Pan Macmillan Australia, 2019. ©2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1939, as Hitler's troops march on Prague, a Jewish couple makes a heartbreaking decision that will save their eight-year-old son's life but change their family forever. Australian journalist Juliet Rieden grew up in England in the 1960s and 70s always sensing that her family was different in some way. She longed to have relatives and knew precious little about her Czech father's childhood as a refugee. On the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Hanus Rieden
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juliet Rieden; Magda Szubanski
ISBN: 9781760559489 1760559482 9781760788025 1760788023
OCLC Number: 1110577917
Notes: Prepublication record (machine generated from publisher information)
Description: xi, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits, facsimiles, genealogyical table ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword --
Prologue: Lifting the curtain --
Part I Discoveries / 1 The day everything changed --
2 Filling in the blanks --
3 Breaking through the wall of silence --
4 On a wing and a prayer --
5 Hanus becomes John --
6 You can run but you can't hide --
The Rindskopf/Rieden family tree --
Part II The horror / 7 The Hoffer massacre --
The Hoffer family tree --
8 Walking in my ancestors' footsteps --
9 Theresienstadt: survival and murder --
10 The terrible truth about 'the East' --
Part III New beginnings / 11 The forgotten kindertransport --
12 Not in our backyard --
13 The house of refuge --
14 Unlocking Dad's dossier --
15 Postcard from a train --
The Ungermann/Hagari family tree --
Epilogue: Dad, the man he became --
Resources --
Acknowledgements.
Responsibility: Juliet Rieden.

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In 1939, as Hitler's troops march on Prague, a Jewish couple makes a heartbreaking decision that will save their eight-year-old son's life but change their family forever. Australian journalist Juliet Rieden grew up in England in the 1960s and 70s always sensing that her family was different in some way. She longed to have relatives and knew precious little about her Czech father's childhood as a refugee. On the night before Juliet's father died, in 2006, Juliet's father suddenly looked up and said: 'The plane is in the hangar.' In the years after his death, Juliet comes to truly understand the significance of these words. On a trip to Prague she is shocked to see the Rieden name written many times over on the walls of the Pinkas Synagogue memorial. These names become the catalyst for a life-changing journey that uncovers a personal Holocaust tragedy of epic proportions. Juliet traces the grim fate of her father's cousins, aunts and uncles on visits to Auschwitz and Theresienstadt concentration camps and learns about the extremes of cruelty, courage and kindness. Then in a locked box in Britain's National Archives, she discovers a stash of documents including letters from her father that reveal intimate details of his struggle. Meticulously researched and beautifully told, this is the moving story of a woman's quest to piece together the hidden parts of her father's life and the unimaginable losses he was determined to protect his children from.

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