When Family History meets World Affairs - Marcus Ferrar on Creative Conversations podcast hosted by Yang-May Ooi

How do you reconcile the dark and painful contradictory histories within your own family? On one side of Marcus Ferrar’s family, his Jewish mother escaped Hitler’s Germany. On the other side of his family, Marcus’s warm, jovial uncle worked for the Nazis. These complexities wove the golden thread in Marcus’s career as a Reuters correspondent and then as author of books about conflict-torn Europe during the mid-20th century. Marcus Ferrar joins podcast host Yang-May Ooi here on Creative Conversations to talk about how the many strands of his complex European heritage inspired his writing.

When Family History meets World Affairs – Marcus Ferrar CCV0502 ¦ Creative Conversations [podcast] Season 5 Episode 2

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Creative Conversations with Yang-May Ooi – Season 05 Episode 02 ¦ When Family History meets World Affairs – Marcus Ferrar ¦  CCV0501

Links to some of the things we talked about

Marcus Ferrar – http://www.marcusferrar.org/index.html 

Marcus’s books – https://amzn.to/3JkPjVU 

The Dresden Trust – https://dresdentrust.org/ 

Reuters – https://www.reuters.com/ 

Willy Brandt – https://www.britannica.com/biography/Willy-Brandt 

At the age of 21 in Nuremberg, Marcus Ferrar being initiated into cigar-smoking by his German Onkel Johannes, who once belonged to a Nazi organisation

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Marcus Ferrar, St. Istvan Park Budapest when researching The Budapest House

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