Brigid Grauman is a journalist and author who for 17 years was editor-in-chief of The Bulletin, Brussels’ English-language newsweekly. She has written for leading British and US media on a wide range of cultural topics. Her book, Uncle Otto’s Puppet Theatre, is available in English, German and Czech and is based on seven family memoirs.
Interviews with Brigid Grauman
Tante Jolesch or the Decline of the West in Anecdotes
by Friedrich Torberg & Maria Poglitsch Bauer (translator)
The Road into the Open
by Arthur Schnitzler & Roger Byers (translator)
The Radetzky March
by Joseph Roth
The World of Yesterday
by Stefan Zweig & Anthea Bell (translator)
Last Waltz in Vienna
by George Clare
In the late 19th and early 20th century, Vienna had a vibrant intellectual and cultural life, embraced and at times led by key figures in its large Jewish community. All that would disappear with the rise of anti-Semitism and the Anschluss. Many Jews fled or committed suicide. Others were deported to concentration camps. After the war some went back, but Vienna would never be the same. Here Brigid Grauman, whose father’s family were assimilated Jews from Vienna, recommends books that evoke that poignant, tragic period that ended with World War II.