In 2013, Thomas Harding, the great grandson of a Jewish Berlin doctor, returned to his grandmother’s house on the outskirts of Berlin which she had been forced to leave when the Nazis swept to power. What was once her ‘soul place’ now stood empty and derelict. A concrete footpath cut through the garden, marking where the Berlin Wall had stood for nearly three decades.
In the bestselling House by the Lake, Harding describes his fight to save the house from demolition and how this led to his unearthing the history of the people who had lived there: a nobleman farmer, a prosperous Jewish family, a renowned Nazi composer, a widow and her children and a Stasi informant. Discovering stories of domestic joy and contentment, of grief and tragedy, and of a hatred handed down through the generations, he tells the story of twentieth century Germany through the prism of the house by the lake.
WHERE AND WHEN
- Saturday, 13 May 2017
- £8, £6 (c)
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GERMANY’S TUMULTUOUS CENTURY
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.
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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+
Thomas will be speaking about his new book THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE with the Economist's managing editor, Adrian Wooldridge, at One Tree Books in Petersfield.
Location: 7 Lavant St, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 3EL
Contact: 01730 261199
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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.
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"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."
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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 Josipovici, Eva Hoffman, George 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.
THE 2015 SHORTLIST
- 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
Location: Watford Grammar School for Girls, Lady’s Close, Watford WD18 0AE
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: email@example.com | Tel: (+352) 229864 extension 222
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
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.
MANOR FARM, EBBESBOURNE WAKE, WILTSHIRE SP5 5JH
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SUR LA TRACE DE RUDOLF HÖSS
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.
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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
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Thomas will speak at Keats House in Hampstead in association with Daunts bookshop, Belsize Park
This talk takes place at Keats House 10 Keats Grove, NW3. Tickets are £5 (including wine).
They may be purchased from Daunts' South End Road shop in person, or with credit/debit card by telephone (0207 794 8206)