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The Writing On The Wall - Juliet Rieden

The Writing On The Wall

Paperback Published: 27th August 2019
ISBN: 9781760559489
Number Of Pages: 288

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In 1939, as Hitler's troops march on Prague, a Jewish couple makes a heartbreaking decision that will save their eight-year-old son's life but change their family forever.

Australian journalist Juliet Rieden grew up in England in the 1960s and 70s always sensing that her family was different in some way. She longed to have relatives and knew precious little about her Czech father's childhood as a refugee.

On the night before Juliet's father died, in 2006, Juliet's father suddenly looked up and said: 'The plane is in the hangar.' In the years after his death, Juliet comes to truly understand the significance of these words.

On a trip to Prague she is shocked to see the Rieden name written many times over on the walls of the Pinkas Synagogue memorial. These names become the catalyst for a life-changing journey that uncovers a personal Holocaust tragedy of epic proportions.

Juliet traces the grim fate of her father's cousins, aunts and uncles on visits to Auschwitz and Theresienstadt concentration camps and learns about the extremes of cruelty, courage and kindness.

Then in a locked box in Britain's National Archives, she discovers a stash of documents including letters from her father that reveal intimate details of his struggle.

Meticulously researched and beautifully told, this is the moving story of a woman's quest to piece together the hidden parts of her father's life and the unimaginable losses he was determined to protect his children from.

About the Author

Juliet Rieden has been a journalist for more than 30 years, working between the UK and Australia for magazines and newspapers as a writer and editor. She is currently Editor-At-Large at The Australian Women's Weekly, where she also works as the Royal Correspondent and the Books Editor. Her first book, The Royals in Australia, was published in 2015.

ISBN: 9781760559489
ISBN-10: 1760559482
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 27th August 2019
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 15.5 x 23.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.43

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