10:30 pm22:30

Talking at Edinburgh Book Festival


20th century German history involves tragedy on an incomprehensible scale. It’s hardly surprising, then, that writers continue to shed light on lesser-known facets of the country’s recent past. Journalist and broadcaster Thomas Harding explores an extraordinary personal connection in The House by the Lake – the gripping story of a small house and its inhabitants, who ranged from a prosperous Jewish family to a Stasi informant. Chaired by Allan Little.

 Studio Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

For details and ordering tickets go here

6:30 pm18:30

Canterbury Waterstones - The House by the Lake

Author of last year's best-selling Hanns and Rudolf, Thomas Harding will join us to talk about The House by the Lake, possibly the most interesting non-fiction book of this year.  

A ground-breaking work of history, The House by the Lake reveals the story of Germany through the inhabitants of one small wooden building. Moving from the late nineteenth century to the present day, from the devastation of two world wars to the dividing and re-uniting of a nation, it is a story of domestic joy and contentment, of terrible grief and tragedy, and of a hatred handed down through generations.  

Tickets will sell out quickly for this event, so please call into the shop or phone us on 01227 456343 to reserve your place.

Further details: 01227 456343 or go to the event webpage


8:15 pm20:15

Uxbridge Library - THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE

Following his successful talk 'Hanns and Rudolf' for Holocaust Memorial Day, Thomas Harding returns to Uxbridge Library to talk about his latest book 'The House by the Lake'. Thomas tells the story of a lakeside house once owned by his Jewish forebears and also explores the lives of others who had lived there throughout the 20th century including a wealthy landowner, a renowned composer, a widower and her children, and a Stasi informant.

Thomas Harding is an author and journalist who has written for the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, among other publications. He co-founded a television station in Oxford, England, and for many years was an award-winning publisher of a newspaper in West Virginia. He lives in Hampshire, England.

Copies of the book will be available to buy.

Free. Book at any Hillingdon Library or email and by telephone on 01895 250714.

Location: Uxbridge Library, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1HD

The talk will be part of a festival called Culturebite which is taking place accross the borough.

Suitable for age 12+

4:30 pm16:30

Cheltenham Literary Festival - panel discussion on modern German identity

Writers Room on Montpellier Gardens 

Germany: Trauma and Memory

How have different generations processed memories of Germany’s darkest hour? What does it mean to be a young German today? Festival Guest Director Alexander Görlach, Hanns and Rudolf author Thomas Harding (The House by the Lake), writer Ulrike Draesner (At the Edge of the World) and leading scholar Nicholas Stargardt (The German War) talk to the BBC’s Caroline Wyatt.

 Check here for more details

7:00 pm19:00

Waterstones Hampstead - THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE

"The House by the Lake is a groundbreaking and revelatory new history of Germany over a tumultuous century, told through the story of a small wooden house. Breathtaking in scope, intimate in its detail, it is the long-awaited new history title from the author of the bestselling Hanns and Rudolf. Glass of wine included."

Tickets £5/£3

Further details from Waterstones Hampstead: 02077941098 or website


7:30 pm19:30

2015 Wingate Prize ceremony and Panel Discussoin

Dubbed "The Jewish Booker", the JQ-Wingate Literary Prize comes to JW3.

Where do stories start? How can we make sense of them? Why is memoir so prevalent today? Is there a uniquely Jewish take on the relationship of history to memory? How has literary form evolved to address the key question of how we, as Jews, live with our stories?

Answering questions with more questions, this year's judging panel of the JQ-Wingate Prize 2015 – Gabriel JosipoviciEva HoffmanGeorge Szirtes and Devorah Baum – invite you to celebrate the prize with an epochal discussion about stories, books and life. The winners will be announced and everyone will be offered a glass of wine to toast the winning titles.


  • Jews in Poland and Russia by Antony Polonsky (Littman Library)
  • Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall (Peirene), Translated by Philip Boehm
  • Remains of Love by Zeruya Shalev (Bloomsbury), Translated by Philip Simpson
  • Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub (Harvill), Translated by Margaret Jull Costa
  • Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart (Penguin)
  • Netanya by Dror Burstein (Dalkey Archive), Translated by Todd Hasak-Lowy
  • Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz by Thomas Harding (Heinemann)

In association with the Jewish Quarterly and Jewish Book Week

Tickets: £4.00 to £8.00*

Mon 20 April 7:30pm

7:00 pm19:00

British Embassy, Luxembourg

Thomas will talk about HANNS AND RUDOLF with Paul Dostert, Director of Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur la Résistance,  at 7pm on 9 July at the British Embassy in Luxembourg. The event is being organised in association with  Francois Moyse of the Luxembourg Consistoire Israelite.

For more details contact: Petra Kiefer | Political, Press & Public Affairs | British Embassy | 5, bd Joseph II | L-1840 Luxembourg  |  E-mail: | Tel: (+352) 229864 extension 222

6:00 pm18:00

Polish Embassy London

Thomas will be talking about HANNS AND RUDOlF at the Polish Embassy in London with Anthony Polonsky, Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brendies University. The event is chaired by Mary Fulbrook, Dean of Faculty of Social and Historical Studies at UCL.

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm

Location: Polish Embassy, 47 Portland Place, London W1B 1JH

2:00 pm14:00

Chalke Valley History Festival

Thomas will be speaking at the Chalke Valley History Festival about his book Hanns and Rudolf.

Date: 27 June 2014 at 14:00 (60minutes) - Whistler Tent

Location: The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival is being held in Ebbesbourne Wake,about 12 miles south-west of Salisbury in Wiltshire.

To order tickets go to the event webpage here


6:30 pm18:30

Westminster Synagogue

Thomas will be talking about Hanns and Rudolf at Westminster Synagogue for the annual Shavuot supper. 

Location: Kent House, Rutland Gardens, London SW7 1BX, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 7584 3953

For more details go here

6:30 pm18:30

Waterstones Hampstead

Thomas will be speaking about Hanns and Rudolf at Waterstones Hampstead

Location : 68-69 Hampstead High Street London NW3 1QP

6:30 pm18:30

Waterstones Petersfield

Thomas will be speaking about Hanns and Rudolf in association with Waterstones Petersfield, at 6.30pm on 28 May 2014 at Churchers School

Event details: Ramshill, Petersfield GU31 4AS, United Kingdom

Tickets: Tickets £4

8:00 pm20:00

Goethe Institute with Shoah Memorial, Paris


À l’occasion de la parution de Hanns et Rudolf aux éditions Flammarion (2014), rencontre avec Thomas Harding, animée par Tal Bruttmann, historien Traduit de l’anglais par Isabelle Taudière et Clémentine Peckre

Suivie d’une séance de signatures

En 2006, à la mort de son grand-oncle, Hanns Alexander, un juif allemand qui vivait en Angleterre, Thomas Harding découvre à sa grande stupéfaction que celui-ci a été un chasseur de nazis : c’est lui qui a retrouvé Rudolf Höss, l’ancien commandant du camp de concentration d’Auschwitz. Happé par cet épisode méconnu du passé familial, il entreprend une vaste enquête pour comprendre comment les destins de ces deux hommes, que tout opposait, se sont croisés à un moment crucial de l’Histoire.

Le résultat en est un extraordinaire double récit. Au premier plan, deux hommes, deux vies, que l’on suit pas à pas. D’abord parallèles, sans autre point commun que de commencer dans le même pays, elles finiront par converger : par une froide nuit d’hiver 1946, à l’issue d’une traque haletante, Hanns débusquera Rudolf dans la ferme où il se cache et le livrera à la justice.

En toile de fond, l’Allemagne du début du XXe siècle, le Berlin des Années folles, bientôt l’Europe en guerre, les champs de bataille du Moyen-Orient, plus tard l’horreur des camps de concentration et de la Solution finale, puis les difficultés de l’après-guerre, et la mise en œuvre de la traque des nazis qui conduira aux procès de Nuremberg.

Un récit tour à tour profond, parce qu’il ouvre sur les grandes questions de la banalité du mal, de la balance entre justice et vengeance, de la frontière entre le bien et le mal, et haletant, émaillé de scènes poignantes, dignes des meilleurs romans noirs.

GOETHE-INSTITUT Tél. 01 44 43 92 30

Entrée libre

Réservation conseillée

En anglais, traduction simultanée en français

7:00 pm19:00

Jewish Book Week, London

Jewish Book Week 2014

Thomas Harding will speak about his book: Hanns and Rudolf

Interviewed by Anne Sebba, biographer, lecturer, journalist, former Reuters foreign correspondent and author of That Woman, the life of Wallis Simpson.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 - 7:00pm

Location: Hall 2

Price: £9.50

To order tickets or for more info go here


8:45 pm20:45

West London Synagogue

Thomas will be speaking at the West London Synagogue about his book 'Hanns and Rudolf'


Address: 33 Seymour Pl, London W1H 5AU, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 20 7723 4404

7:30 pm19:30

Jewish Book Month, Montreal

Thomas Harding will speak at Montreal's Jewish Book Month. Trudis Goldsmith, former professor Jewish German Studies at McGill, will introduce Thomas and moderate the Q&A session


Founded in 1944 as a result of Nazi attempts to eradicate Jewish culture, Jewish Book Month is an annual event that commemorates the thriving vitality of Jewish culture around the world. It is a celebration of literature, film, theatre, art and music, and an opportunity for the Montreal Jewish community to showcase its presence on the Montreal cultural scene.

Where:  Jewish Public Library, 1, Cummings Square. Montréal, Québec. H3W 1M6

Phone: (514) 345-2627#3017