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  • Our Mother, Our Nana, the diary of Aranka Eckstein (unpublished, 2004)

    Aranka Eckstein’s daughters engaged Ian Grinblat to edit the translation of her diary, written in German, during the period between her sixteenth birthday in February 1933 until her second marriage in February 1948. The work, intended only for the family, was not published. The diary is a valuable artefact from a brief dreamlike period in which […]

  • Sarona, by Helmut Glenk (2011)

    Helmut Glenk, the Australian-born son of German Templars deported as enemy aliens from Palestine to Australia, has made a thorough study of his Templar background and published two historical woks about Templar settlements in Palestine and Kenya. Drawing on the stories his parents told him of life in a Templar colony in present-day Tel Aviv, he imagined […]

  • Children of the Shadows, Voices of the Second Generation (2002)

    When an unexpected heated exchange erupted between colleagues in her presence, Kathy Grinblat realised that strong feelings and thoughts, hitherto unexpressed, had crystallised an idea in her mind. Curious to know about the upbringing of other “Second Generation” survivors she set about collecting stories from other children of Holocaust survivors. As her contributors submitted their […]

  • A Life Reclaimed, A child among the partisans, by Luba Olenski (2006)

    Over a number of months, Ian Grinblat and Luba Olenski spent regular evenings during which Luba recounted the story of her life and Ian took notes which he formed into a coherent narrative. Luba’s protected childhood ended violently in 1941 when she was ten years old and recovering from surgery on her feet: her father, wanted […]

  • Through Coloured Glass, Reflections on my changing world, by Eva Urbach (2008)

    After her children had become independent, Eva Urbach used her acute powers of observation to write in a skillful style pieces about her family history and significant events in her own life and the lives of her husband and children. In 2005 she engaged Ian Grinblat to help her consolidate and edit the various pieces […]

  • Tough Kid, Surviving Siberia in Style (2005)

    Over a period of months, Ian Grinblat spent regular evenings with David Kay taking notes as David recalled his life from a prosperous early childhood in Belarus. The story covers his deportation to Siberia with his mother, Genia, as bourgeois (class enemies of communism) after the Soviet occupation in 1939, their successful struggle to survive the […]