Nick Barlay is the son of Hungarian Jewish refugees. His parents left Hungary for the UK in 1956, in the aftermath of the uprising against the oppressive Soviet rule. That is when my parents left Hungary.
In this book, Nick Barlay tells the stories of his family members going back several generations. Those who made something of themselves in the times of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Those who fought in the Great War. And those who were sent to Auschwitz.
The detail becomes greater as he tells the stories of those in living memory, as is only to be expected. But clearly the book has been very carefully researched.
As the son of Hungarian emigres, I found a lot in this book that I could relate to, and I will be passing it on to my daughter and my mother. Not being Jewish, however, no one in our family died at Auschwitz. I visited that place a few weeks ago. Just horrible. I would have found it hard to cope had I lost family there.
A very interesting book, bringing all the characters in Nick’s family to life. No doubt about it – 10 out of 10.