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Meriel Schindler at the Big BIF Weekend

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The Lost Schindler Café

When Meriel Schindler’s father Kurt died in 2017, she felt compelled to resolve her mixed feelings about him. Kurt had made extravagant claims about their family history. Were they really related to Franz Kafka, Oscar Schindler or Hitler’s Jewish doctor? Where exactly was Kurt on Kristallnacht, the night that Nazis beat his father half to death and ransacked the family home? Meriel pieced together a unique story taking in two centuries, two world wars and a family business: the famous Café Schindler to weave together memoir, family history and the untold story of the Jews of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

This event is taking place at the Pavilion Arts Centre in Buxton, as part of Buxton International Festival’s Big BIF Weekend, with a stellar line up of book, music and jazz events to enjoy on the 15 and 16 October.

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