The Lost Café Schindler: One family, two wars and the search for truth (Hardback)
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The Lost Café Schindler: One family, two wars and the search for truth (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages
Published: 06/05/2021
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Through the prism of the famous Innsbruck Café Schindler, this immersive slice of family history unspools a compelling panorama of Europe in the first half of the twentieth century and the oft neglected fate of Austria-Hungary’s Jewish population.

Kurt Schindler was an impossible man. His daughter Meriel spent her adult life trying to keep him at bay. Kurt had made extravagant claims about their family history. Were they really related to Franz Kafka and Oscar Schindler, of Schindler's List fame? Or Hitler's Jewish doctor - Dr Bloch? What really happened on Kristallnacht, the night that Nazis beat Kurt's father half to death and ransacked the family home?

When Kurt died in 2017, Meriel felt compelled to resolve her mixed feelings about him, and to solve the mysteries he had left behind.

Starting with photos and papers found in Kurt's isolated cottage, Meriel embarked on a journey of discovery taking her to Austria, Italy and the USA. She reconnected family members scattered by feuding and war. She pieced together an extraordinary story taking in two centuries, two world wars and a family business: the famous Cafe Schindler. Launched in 1922 as an antidote to the horrors of the First World War, this grand cafe became the whirling social centre of Innsbruck. And then the Nazis arrived.

Through the story of the Cafe Schindler and the threads that spool out from it, this moving book weaves together memoir, family history and an untold story of the Jews of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It explores the restorative power of writing, and offers readers a profound reflection on memory, truth, trauma and the importance of cake.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529332056
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 236 x 154 x 42 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An extraordinary and compelling book of reckonings - a journey across a long, complex and deeply painful arc of history, grippingly told - a wonderful melding of the personal and the political, the family and the historical. - Philippe Sands

An extraordinary, cadenced and moving story. I felt gripped by Meriel Schindler's uncovering of her father's story and by her tenacity and courage in telling it so openly. - Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes

'Enthralling memoir... ideal for anyone who loved The Hare with Amber Eyes.' - The Bookseller

'An absorbing memoir... told with forensic detail.' - Jewish Chronicle

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“Beautifully descriptive - you can imagine the people, places and scenery...”

This book documents Meriel Schindler's mission to piece together the truth behind her family's history following the death of her father; it is a fascinating read - part personal memoir, part family history,... More

Hardback edition
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“Incredibly moving true story”

I found this book incredibly moving as Meriel Schindler revealed her family’s history and the traumatic times her family lived through. I particularly liked the style in which she chose to write her family history,... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 22

“Incredibly moving”

I found this book incredibly moving as Meriel Schindler revealed her family’s history and the traumatic times her family lived through. I particularly liked the style in which she chose to write her family history,... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 21

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