Published Memoirs

  • 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 […]