Halla Beloff, Zoe Beloff

Reminiscences of a Refugee Childhood

Halla Beloff, Zoe Beloff

Reminiscences of a Refugee Childhood



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Reminiscences of a Refugee by Halla Beloff is the story of a 1930s childhood in Germany and a new life in England during and after the Second World War. Halla Beloff is a wonderful storyteller, and with the help of her daughter, the artist Zoe Beloff, Halla Beloff’s story grows to include many stories, a rich and personal glimpse of the Jewish diaspora from Leipzig and Berlin, to London, Long Island, New York City, and Santa Monica.

The first chapters vividly conjure up a dark chapter in history through the eyes of a child. Her parents’ snapshots bring to life a world fast receding from living memory. And yet there is nothing exceptional about their experiences. Halla Beloff and her parents were amongst the thousands of ordinary families who fled the Nazi terror and built new lives in countries around the world. In many ways it is this aspect of the story that speaks to us today. It is not an account of extraordinary heroism or suffering. Rather it is about stoical and patient preparation, determination, resourcefulness, and the sheer luck of people who did what they had to do to survive and flourish. It is this that connects that time to ours.

Halla Beloff had a long career as professor of social psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She wrote the book Camera Culture, published many essays, and maintained a lifelong great interest in the arts. Zoe Beloff is a visual artist and filmmaker in New York. Her prior books include most notably The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and Its Circle.

Published in November 2021 in an edition of 70. Paperback book with Smyth Sewn binding.