2020 Festival – Episode 4.
After her grandmother died, Hadley Freeman travelled to her apartment to try and make sense of a woman she’d never really known. When Hadley found a shoebox filled with her grandmother’s treasured belongings, it started a decade-long quest to find out their haunting significance and to dig deep into the extraordinary lives of Sala Glass and her three brothers. The search takes Hadley from Picasso’s archives in Paris to a secret room in a farmhouse in Auvergne to Long Island and to Auschwitz.
A moving memoir following the Glass siblings throughout the course of the 20th century as they each make their own bid for survival, House of Glass explores assimilation, identity and home – issues that are deeply relevant today.
In this episode journalist and author Hadley Freeman discusses her book ‘House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family’. The episode is moderated by journalist Sarah Carey and was recorded via Zoom on the 25th September 2020.