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The Lost Cafe Schindler Reviews

The Lost Cafe Schindler by Meriel Schindler

The Lost Cafe Schindler: One family, two wars and the search for truth

Meriel Schindler

Score pending

2 reviews

Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 6 May 2021
ISBN: 9781529332056

Meriel Schindler tells the story of Cafe Schindler, blending memoir and family history.

3 stars out of 5
25 Apr 2021

"a tragic wartime family story"

Her family story is so fascinating that you forgive any foibles, though. I think some readers will think that there’s a bigger problem; at the book’s close you still do not understand Meriel’s father and what made him go rogue. Yet that feels like Kurt’s destiny, to remain an enigma — even to his daughter.


3 stars out of 5
Claire Allfree
23 Apr 2021

"n impressively researched account of Jewish life in the Tyrol"

More interesting are the details that fall between the cracks, and the aspects of our inherited histories that we cling to but which can never be verified. Hugo, on hearing the wife of the Nazi who had stolen his cafe had fallen into destitution after the war, apparently sent her some money. Was that true? The memory is Kurt’s, who remains throughout a shadowy figure, and we will never know.