How the LifeStories project came into being
In 2004, when my father was 78 and it was a year before he died, he sent me the passport of an unknown great aunt. Her name was Grete. I'd never heard of her; she was my grandfather's older sister. In a same note he wrote in the passport, he mentioned a second aunt, Else, and also his grandmother, Therese. They all died at the hands of the Nazis. While I knew that my father's Jewish family had fled Czechoslovakia in 1938 to England, these family members had never been mentioned. The revelation started me on a quest to discover who these women were and what had happened to Grete, Else and Therese.
In 2017 I started studying for my PhD at the University of Hull. Part of my research was interviewing women on their postpartum experiences. The interview style focused on lived experience. It brought rich data to the fore and the process fascinated me.