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How did a little girl’s ambition become a reality?

Why did a resourceful Jewish industrialist completely change his identity?

Why did he go work in the heart of the Nazi empire?

How did he survive? When did “Time Stop”?

Why did he keep his early life from his daughter?

How many relatives from the extended family survived the holocaust?


As a child in Venezuela, Ariana Neumann was fascinated by the enigma of her father. He appeared to be the epitome of success and strength, but woke at night screaming in a language she didn’t recognise.

Only after his death did she uncover his true identity, and the story of his escape from Nazi-occupied Prague. Ariana’s detective work led her across Europe as she discovered how her father – who she didn’t even know was Jewish – had assumed a fake identity and lived out the war undercover, spying for the Allies in Berlin.

It’s an extraordinary and deeply moving story, in which Ariana comes to know the family that has been lost for the first time, and ultimately, her own beloved father.

Saturday 10th October at 2.00 pm

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford                                                             

Tickets £12.50 from or www.guildfordbookfestival or in person at Tourist Information Centre, 155 High St, Guildford, GU1 3AJ

The Guildford Group of Amnesty International has had an event discussing human rights at the Guildford Book Festival every year since 1995 and we have occassionally had two events at the festival.

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