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Hybrid Event: Holocaust Letters and Family Histories – Ariana Neumann, Peter Bradley

March 22, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This event is organised as part of the Holocaust Letters exhibition events series and is also part of the Library’s Family Histories of the Holocaust series. Audiences can attend this event either in-person or online.

The Wiener Holocaust Library, in partnership with the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London, for the Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership are delighted to host this hybrid panel discussion with Ariana Neumann and Peter Bradley, who will reflect on the significance of their family document collections for writing Second Generation memoirs. Ariana Neumann is the author of the award-winning When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains (2020) and Peter Bradley is the author of The Last Train: A Family History of the Final Solution (2022). They will be led in conversation by Sandra Lipner.


Ariana Neumann is the New York Times bestselling author of When Time Stopped, which won the Dayton Peace Prize for Non Fiction in 2021, Best Memoir at the Jewish Book Awards in 2020 and was shortlisted for various prizes including The Wingate Prize. Ariana has a BA in History and French Literature from Tufts University, an MA in Spanish and Latin American Literature from New York University and a PgDIP in Psychology of Religion from University of London. She previously was involved in publishing, worked as a foreign correspondent for Venezuela’s The Daily Journal and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including The European, the Jewish Book Council and The New York Times.

Peter Bradley is the author of The Last Train – A Family History of the Final Solution, published in 2022. He was the Labour MP for The Wrekin between 1997 and 2005. More recently, he co-founded and directed Speakers’ Corner Trust, a charity which promotes freedom of expression, open debate and active citizenship in the UK and developing democracies. He has written, usually on politics, for a wide range of publications, including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The New Statesman and The New European.

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Sandra Lipner is a technē (AHRC)-funded doctoral student at Royal Holloway, University of London and a co-curator of the Holocaust Letters exhibition at the Wiener Holocaust Library. Her PhD thesis is a cultural family history based on her German family’s collection of letters and documents from the period 1933-45, and she studies the use of family history in microhistories of the Holocaust to evaluate the place of family history within the historiography of the Third Reich.

Event guidelines for those joining online:

  1. The Library will send you a Zoom link and joining instructions via email prior to the event. Please check your junk email folders.
  2. Please try and join 5 minutes before the event start time and we will let you into the room (do try and bear with us if this takes a few minutes).
  3. If you would like to ask a question during the event, please type your question into the chat function, and we will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A. Your webcam will not be seen during this event.
  4. The event will be recorded for the Library’s YouTube channel and will be shared at a later date.
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One comment so far

  • Dr Keith Hamnett says:

    I am a very experienced writer and translator and would like to offer my services free of charge to translate letters, postcards or other documents. Please pass on this offer. Also please read my little book „Stumblestone Stories“

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