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How to Be a Refugee by Simon May

How to Be a Refugee

One Family's Story of Exile and Belonging

Simon May

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Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 21 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781529042818

A powerfully moving family memoir of loss, exile and self-concealment in Nazi Germany.

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4 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
9 Oct 2020

"May's compelling quest to uncover his family's hidden history illuminates topical questions about exile and belonging."

"At a time when identity is becoming a choice rather than just a given, will it get easier-or harder-to be a refugee?". Among a slew of memoirs publishing for Holocaust Memorial Day, this relates an experience less often told: that of Jews who erased their identity in order to survive. The author's mother-who later fled to Britain-and her two sisters concealed their "lethal" Jewish heritage via three very different trajectories. May's compelling quest to uncover his family's hidden history illuminates topical questions about exile and belonging.

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