Conversations with friends: Ariana Neumann (Venezuela / Prague / London)

February 12, 2021

Here is another discussion in my series “Conversations with friends”.

Conversations with friends: Ariana Neumann (Venezuela / Prague / London)

Growing up in a comfortable Caracas home, surrounded by joy, gaiety and the “birds of paradise” – and a father so revered that he had streets named after him in Venezuela – Ariana Neumann willed an adventure to come her way. But nothing prepared her for the true-life story which was to unfold upon her father’s death. Ariana speaks about her life growing up, and her discovery upon his death of her father’s hidden Holocaust survivor past.

The yellow stars shown at 20 minutes into my conversation with Ariana, are amazing and horrific.



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As part of a series of informal conservations with friends, Paul Lewis asks Tom Gross about his own life and views: growing up surrounded by cultural and literary luminaries in London and New York; Sunday brunches with Elvis Presley’s songwriter; crossing Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin with his grandmother during communism; sitting across the breakfast room from Carlos the Jackal; visiting Prague as a student to bring Vaclav Havel materials from London in the months before Havel helped overthrow communism; Tom helping the Roma when almost no one else would; Tom’s close relationship with his godmother Sonia Orwell (the model for Julia, the heroine of her husband’s masterpiece ‘1984’); being in Manhattan on 9/11; the Mideast; the importance and legacy of the Holocaust; and other matters.


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