Creative Matters

Truth and the Novel


  • Merilyn Moos



It was not till late middle age that I finally found out about my family’s past. My parents had hidden it with reason. I had been aware that ours was a particularly small family, but my father had told me - and it was a legend I embraced eagerly - that he had fled Nazi Germany because of his radical theatre activities, walking his way from Berlin to France. From Paris, my parents had come to London. It was when my mother, already in her 90s, went into hospital, that I got hold of their old letters and documents. The first letters I found lying on the table in the downstairs room, as if she had wanted me to read them. Grey bits of paper, thin as tissue, all crumpled up together, all in German. And so began my adventures into the tunnel of the past.

Author Biography

Merilyn Moos

Merilyn Moos was born in 1944 in Oxford to German political refugee parents, grew up in Durham where she attended the Grammar School, returned to Oxford to study PPE, subsequently obtained an MA in Cultural Studies at CCCS, became a lecturer, a trade union activist and had published a large variety of articles on education. Recently retired, she is presently finishing two books: on the second generation in the UK and a biography of her father.





Creative Matters