Book presentation and restitution: Karina Urbach “Das Buch Alice. Wie die Nazis das Kochbuch meiner Großmutter raubten”
Once a successful cookbook author, Alice Urbach, a Jewish woman from Vienna, loses her home, family and career under the Nazis. She flees to England, where she ekes out a living as a servant and later runs a refugee home for Jewish girls. Alice tries to distract her charges from the chaos of war with cooking lessons. After World War II she goes to New York, holds cooking classes in San Francisco and presents her best pastry and boiled beef recipes on American television. She even finds her book again in a Viennese bookstore. But who is the man whose name is prominently displayed on the cover? Did the “master chef” Rudolf Rösch ever exist? Alice’s granddaughter, Karina Urbach, conducts research in archives in Vienna, London and Washington, where she finds letters, tapes and film documents long believed to be missing. They open a previously unknown chapter in the history of German Nazi crimes.
Karina Urbach is a habilitated historian and has taught at German and British universities. She has been researching at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton since 2015. In addition to non-fiction books like “Go-Betweens for Hitler” and “Queen Victoria. Die unbeugsame Königin,” she also published a historical novel: “Cambridge 5” was nominated for the Friedrich Glauser Debut Prize in 2018 and received the Crime Cologne Award.
Karina Urbach, Author
Kristin Rotter, Program Manager Propylaen/Ullstein publishing house
Hannah Lessing, General Secretary of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism
Johannes Koll, Head of Provenance Research at the University Library of the Vienna University of Economics and Business
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