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Meriel Schindler

Hexham Book Festival




Showing at

Hexham Abbey

The Lost Café Schindler 

Hexham Abbey: The Great Hall
Friday 17 June: 6.30pm
Tickets: £8, £6

Launched in 1922 as an antidote to the horrors of the First World War, the grand Café Schindler became the whirling social centre of Innsbruck. And then the Nazis arrived...  

When Meriel Schindler’s father Kurt died in 2017, she felt compelled to solve the mysteries he had left behind.  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? Starting with a tower of photos and papers found in Kurt's isolated cottage, she pieced together a unique story taking in two centuries, two world wars and a family business: the famous Café Schindler.  

Meticulously researched and highly moving, The Lost Café Schindler uses the story of the Café Schindler and the threads that spool out from it to weave together memoir, family history and the untold story of the Jews of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.   

Meriel is interviewed by Sheilagh Matheson.

Running time: 1hr


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