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J.P. Lachs

J.P. Lachs was born in Poland in 1955. She spent her childhood with her grandmother in a Silesian country town in South-West Poland. At age twelve she was forced to leave her beloved grandmother and live with her mother and sister in the city of Wroclaw. She spent her high school and university years there until she fled Poland in 1980 and lived in West Berlin until emigrating to Australia in 1982.

In 2015 the author travelled to Florence for a year, where she recorded her heritage and life under Communist Poland. She and her family live in Sydney.


  • An Accidental Memoir


    A compelling account of family relationships, war and historic prejudices, An Accidental Memoir is unflinching in its approach to depict the history of the Polish people, and demonstrates how events have shaped families and lives to this day.

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