Event / The Wiener Holocaust Library

The People on the Beach, with Rosie Whitehouse and Jonathan Freedland

22 Oct 2020 – 19.00 - 20.00

The Wiener Holocaust Library is delighted to welcome Rosie Whitehouse, who will be in conversation with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, about her new book, The People on the Beach.

One summer’s night in 1946, over 1,000 European Jews waited silently on an Italian beach to board a secret ship. They had survived Auschwitz, hidden and fought in forests and endured death marches—now they were taking on the Royal Navy, running the British blockade of Palestine.

From Eastern Europe to Israel via Germany and Italy, Rosie Whitehouse follows in the footsteps of those secret passengers, uncovering their extraordinary stories—some told for the first time. Who were those people on the beach? Where and what had they come from, and how had they survived? Why, after being liberated, did so many Jews still feel unsafe in Europe? How do we—and don’t we—remember the Holocaust today? This remarkable, important book digs deep and travels far in search of answers.

Purchase a copy of the book here and receive 25% off using the code PEOPLE25 at checkout.

About the speakers:

Rosie Whitehouse is a journalist specialising in Jewish life after the Holocaust. She writes for BBC Online, The Observer, The Independent, Tablet magazine, The Jewish Chronicle, Haaretz and others. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she is a historical advisor at the Vienna-based Centropa, a Jewish history institute.

Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and presents BBC Radio 4’s The Long View. In 2014 he was awarded the Orwell special prize for journalism. His books include seven thrillers written under the pseudonym Sam Bourne.

The People on the Beach
Journeys to Freedom After the Holocaust
The Wiener Holocaust Library