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I Seek a Kind Person Julian Borger

I Seek a Kind Person By Julian Borger

I Seek a Kind Person by Julian Borger

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An original, investigative memoir by the Guardian's Pulitzer prize-winning World Affairs Editor, Julian Borger, to uncover the secrets of his family history and how the Holocaust determined the fate of their lives.

I Seek a Kind Person Summary

I Seek a Kind Person: My Father, Seven Children and the Adverts that Helped Them Escape the Holocaust by Julian Borger

'A powerful, eloquent and deeply affecting book. I loved it' EDMUND DE WAAL

'Tender, evocative and deeply moving' JONATHAN FREEDLAND

'Profound, elegiac and fascinating... I zipped through it' PHILIPPE SANDS


In 1938, Jewish families are scrambling to flee Vienna. Desperate, they take out adverts offering their children into the safe keeping of readers of a British newspaper, the Manchester Guardian. The right words in the right order could mean the difference between life and death.

Eighty-three years later, Guardian journalist Julian Borger comes across the advert that saved his father, Robert, from the Nazis. Robert had kept this a secret, like almost everything else about his traumatic Viennese childhood, until he took his own life. Drawn to the shadows of his family's past and starting with nothing but a page of newspaper adverts, Borger traces the remarkable stories of his father, the other advertised children and their families, each thrown into the maelstrom of a world at war.

From a Viennese radio shop to the Shanghai ghetto, internment camps and family homes across Britain, the deep forests and concentration camps of Nazi Germany, smugglers saving Jewish lives in Holland, an improbable French Resistance cell, and a redemptive story of survival in New York, Borger unearths the astonishing journeys of the children at the hands of fate, their stories of trauma and the kindness of strangers.

I Seek a Kind Person is a gripping family memoir of grief, courage and hope, connecting us with multiple generations, distant continents and the hidden histories of our almost unimaginable past.

I Seek a Kind Person Reviews

One extraordinary story after another... not only forensically well-researched but tender, evocative and deeply moving -- Jonathan Freedland, author of The Escape Artist
A powerful, eloquent and deeply affecting book. I loved it -- Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare With Amber Eyes
Julian's book is profoundly affecting, part memoir, part detective story, part history, at once elegiac and fascinating, it is so deeply relevant for our times, I zipped through it withy the deepest personal interest -- Philippe Sands, author of East West Street
A compelling account of love, loss and great courage... Beautiful, powerfully told and deserving of the widest possible audience -- Fergal Keane, author of The Madness
Intensely moving... an utterly absorbing read -- Fiona Hill, author of There Is Nothing for You Here
Remarkable stories told with love, insight and respect... This book is more than a poignant eulogy - it has important lessons for the modern era -- David Miliband
An extraordinary book... a work of meticulous investigation... You may think you've read everything you need to about the Holocaust, but you haven't -- Lindsey Hilsum, author of In Extremis
Magnificent... One of the best books I have read on the second generation literature -- Christophe Boltanski, author of The Safe House
Raw, unflinching and honest -- Baroness Arminka Helic of Millbank, Special Advisor to the UK Foreign Secretary
A terrifying and enthralling dissection of Europe's greatest crime. Part memoir, part detective story - Borger ensures we know the full horror of the Holocaust, through his own family's experience. This work is a crucial part of the Holocaust testimonies - a dark story which we need to keep front and centre -- Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of the Guardian

About Julian Borger

Julian Borger is the Guardian's World Affairs Editor, based in Washington. He covered the Bosnian war for the BBC and the Guardian and returned to the Balkans to report on the Kosovo conflict in 1999. He has also served as the Guardian's Middle East correspondent and its Washington Bureau Chief.

Borger was part of the Guardian team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism, for its coverage of the Snowden files on mass surveillance. He was also in the team awarded the 2013 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) medal and the Paul Foot Special Investigation Award in the UK. He won the One World Media Press Award in 2016 for a feature story on the investigation of war crimes in Syria.

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I Seek a Kind Person: My Father, Seven Children and the Adverts that Helped Them Escape the Holocaust by Julian Borger
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