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Portait of a Childhood

In 2019, I interviewed my 93-year-old mother, Steffi-Corola Leyser, and recorded our conversations on video. My brother David, together with our father Simon, had already created two books narrating the arc of our mother’s life predomi nantly in pictures for her 80th birthday. This small book tells the story of the early years she spent in Chemnitz, her home town in Germany and the subsequent years as a refugee in England during the war years 1939–1945. Much of the book is based on documents that were from Germany and my mother’s testimony.


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