Speaking Across the Divide
The Chamber, City Hall – Part of Bradford’s Literature Festival
Sunday 7th July 2019 (14:30-15:45)
Chair: Sylvia Rothschild
Speaker 1: Noemie Lopian
Speaker 2: Derek Niemann
Speaker 3: Sir Nicholas Young
The legacy of the Nazi regime is powerful, and both war guilt and victims’ pain continue to resonate across the generations. In this extraordinary event, we meet three people with very different familial histories of the Second World War.
Noemie Lopian’s father Ernst Bornstein wrote The Long Night based on his life in the concentration camps; Derek Niemann recently discovered that his grandfather was an SS Officer in charge at the camps and relates the story in A Nazi in the Family; and Nicolas Young tells of his father’s war in Escaping With His Life: D-Day and Beyond.
These powerful testimonies offer a unique insight into the horrors of WW2, and our complex modern relationship with this relatively recent history.