Tuesday, 17 November 2009
The sins of the fathers.
"They fuck you up, your mum and dad", begins Larkin's infamous These be the verse. Barbara Cherish knew her father had done something terrible in the war, but not quite what. It was something of a taboo subject. It was only after a good deal of research that she discovered that he was Auschwitz's Kommandant, and had been tried and executed for war crimes. She's written a book dealing with discovering and coming to terms with this chilling revelation, which has been published by the History Press. You can also read a short interview with her here.