The History Girls: Eva Tucker, 1929 – 2015 by Miranda Miller

berlinmosaicBerlin Mosaic (Belonging) by Eva Tucker

Occasionally we are lucky enough to meet someone who makes us feel we can touch events that happened before we were born. For me, my friend Eva Tucker was such a person. I first met her at a PEN summer party about ten years ago. We talked about Thomas Mann and Berlin and Robert Musil and she invited me to the launch of  Berlin Mosaic, her novel based on memories of her childhood.

[Eva Tucker] was born Eva Steineke and spent her early childhood in Berlin, in a very interesting milieu; her father, Otto, was a Communist journalist and her mother, Margot, was a sophisticate with a busy social life who didn’t have a lot of time for her little daughter. Eva’s grandfather, Felix Opfer, was a distinguished physician who was stripped of his right to practise medicine because he was Jewish. After her parents divorced Eva spent a lot of time in her grandparents’ opulent apartment near Friedrichstrasse, until the Nazis confiscated it.

When Eva was nine she and Margot, sponsored by Quakers, were evacuated to Britain. She had to…

Source: The History Girls: Eva Tucker, 1929 – 2015 by Miranda Miller

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