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Karina Urbach looks at documents.


Scene from the ARTE documentary Alice’s Book. How the Nazis stole my grandmother’s cookbook, 2022
German television, NDR, Talk show DAS!

Dr. Karina Urbach is a German/British historian, a script writer and prize-winning novelist. She received her PhD at the University of Cambridge and completed her second doctorate (Habilitation) in 2009.

Karina has taught at German and British Universities and researched her latest project at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton: Alice’s Book. How the Nazis stole my grandmother’s cookbook was translated into six languages and became an award-winning documentary.

Her new novel Das Haus am Gordon Place , which is set in today’s London and the Vienna of 1948, appears in March 2024.

Karina writes the regular column Blast from the Past for the German Tageszeitung (TAZ). She has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Literary Review, Die Zeit, Die Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) and has been a talking head in BBC, PBS and German television programmes.

She lives with her family in Cambridge, England.