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Book Talk: Austerity Baby

This talk will be a presentation of and reading from, Janet Wolff’s recently published book, Austerity Baby.

The book is best described as an oblique memoir. It is essentially a family history, but one that is digressive in many ways. The central underlying and repeated themes of the book are exile and displacement; lives (and deaths) during the Third Reich; mother-daughter and sibling relationships; the generational transmission of trauma and experience; transatlantic reflections; and the struggle for creative expression. Other stories are told in the course of the narrative include the internment of aliens in Britain in 1940; cultural life in Rochester, New York in the 1920s; the social and personal meanings of colour(s); reflections on the lives and images of spinsters.

There are two hundred colour images in the book (photographs, paintings, facsimile documents), some of which will be included in the presentation.


Janet Wolff | talks


Date and Time:

15 November 2018 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247

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