In House of Glass, journalist Hadley Freeman tells the story of her grandmother, Sala Glass, and her three brothers as they each made extraordinary bids for survival during the Second World War; described as ‘a near perfect study of Jewish identity in the 20th century… a masterpiece’ (Telegraph). Meriel Schindler’s acclaimed family memoir The Lost Café Schindler uncovers a devastating private history set against the wider story of the Jews of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. They talk about unpacking family histories, and the complexity of the Jewish narrative, with The Times columnist Danny Finkelstein, whose grandfather Alfred Wiener (The Fatherland and the Jews) chronicled rising antisemitism in 1920s Germany, and later founded the Wiener Holocaust Library.

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House of Glass: The story and secrets of a twentieth-century Jewish family The Lost Café Schindler: One family, two wars and the search for truth
The Fatherland and the Jews: Two Pamphlets by Alfred Wiener, 1919 and 1924


Cheltenham Ladies' College, Parabola Arts Centre

Parabola Arts Centre is located in a Grade II listed building in the glamorous Montpellier district of Cheltenham. The centre was built as a facility for students of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and to be used as a public arts centre by the local community.

The original, listed Bayshill House was transformed into a gallery, bar and foyer area. The villa also houses all the rehearsal spaces, offices, video editing suite, dance studio and library. This means that the regular activity of the building takes place in the light, beautifully restored listed building.

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