Book Launch for “Klaras Geschichte” by Clare Parker
Clare Parker was born Klara Hochhauser in 1932 in Budapest. Discrimination under the Horthy Regime and the mass deportation and murder of Hungarian Jews after the German invasion in March 1944 marked an abrupt change to the life of the girl Klara. Together with her mother, Magda, she was deported first to Auschwitz and later to Lenzing, a subcamp of the Mauthausen concentration camp. While her mother died in Lenzing, her now seriously ill father was liberated from Bergen-Belsen. After the end of the war Klara Hochhauser lived with her father in Budapest. During the Hungarian popular uprising in 1956, they both fled to London, where her father died a short time later from the long-term effects of his imprisonment. Only decades later, after having built a new life in London, was Clare – as she now called herself – able to learn the facts about her mother’s death in the concentration camp. This led her to begin dealing with these traumatic experiences for the first time, giving interviews to the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, founded by Steven Spielberg, and to the Mauthausen Survivors Documentation Project, as well as writing down her life story. Clare Parker has two grown-up children and now lives in London. For this new edition, detailed comments and annotations have been added to her autobiography, which was first published in 2006.
Christian Dürr (curator, Mauthausen Memorial) in conversation with Moshe Teller (art therapist and the book’s illustrator) and Helga Amesberger (sociologist, Institute of Conflict Research, Vienna)
The Mauthausen Memorial invites you to the
for “Klaras Geschichte”
by Clare Parker
on Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 6.30pm
at the Kunstuniversität Linz
Repräsentationsraum West, 5th floor
Hauptplatz 6, 4020 Linz
Registration required due to limited seating.