“You’re doing what?” – My family’s response to my trying to save the house stolen by the Nazis

Thomas Harding


6.30pm, 1 March 2018


In 2013, Thomas Harding visited his Jewish family’s old weekend house outside of Berlin. He found it shrouded in a jungle of bushes and trees, its windows broken, graffiti painted across its walls and that it was destined for demolition. When he told his family that he wanted to work with the locals to save the house they reacted with intense emotion, triggering a debate about memories, the value of history and the possibility of reconciliation.


Thomas Harding is an international bestselling author and journalist who has written for the Financial TimesSunday TimesWashington PostGuardian and Der Spiegel, among other publications. His books include Hanns And RudolfKadian JournalThe House By The Lake and Blood On The Page. Thomas Harding is president of www.alexanderhaus.org, an education and reconciliation charity near Berlin. On 24 June 2016, the day of Brexit, Thomas applied for the restoration of his German citizenship.


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