The War After

Anne Karpf
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Anne Karpf’s parents survived the Nazi Holocaust. Her mother, a concert pianist when she was eighteen, was a survivor of Plaszow and Auschwitz concentrations camps. Her father survived several Russian labour camps. When they came to Britain in 1947, their pasts came with them.

In this thought-provoking and moving memoir, Anne Karpf explores the profound impact of her parents’ wartime experiences on her daily life. Combining a gripping account of her parents’ survival, a sharp examination of the history of British attitudes to Jews and to the Holocaust, and turning an often wryly comic eye on the parent-child struggle, The War After is a fascinating and deeply touching story.

When originally published in 1996 it was widely acclaimed:

‘Painful and honest.’ Observer

Fascinating and revealing.’ Literary Review

Anne Karpf is a skilled storyteller, moving naturally between her own history and that of her parents in a way that neither intrudes nor distorts.’ TLS

‘A vibrantly live memoir about growing up in a Holocaust home … At times brutally sad, The War After is also a rich and funny exploration of the struggle between a child and her parents.’ Independent on Sunday


Anne Karpf is an award-winning journalist, writer and sociologist. Her most recent book is The Human Voice: The Story of a Remarkable Talent (Bloomsbury). She co-edited A Time to Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity (Verso), and teaches at London Metroploitan University.

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