War Hero In My Family

Helen Lederer

Helen’s grandfather, Arnost, fled the Czech Republic before the war; what happened to the family he left behind was unknown until Helen undertook this project.

Helen Lederer

One of Britain’s best loved and most popular personalities, Helen moved on from her degree in Sociology to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama, before launching a successful career in stand-up comedy.

From the early days at the famous Comedy Store in London to her infamous role as ditzy Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous, Helen enjoys the unique position of having starred in a line-up of top TV comedy and radio shows. She is also credited with a number of theatre roles, having followed hot on the heels of Julie Walters in Educating Rita, played Doreen in Alan Bleasdale's Having a Ball, and performed in both The Vagina Monologues and Calendar Girls in London’s West End.

Helen is a sought-after columnist, having had regular columns in both The Independent Magazine and Woman and Home magazine. Her work regularly appears in national press, including Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly, Independent Magazine, The Guardian, Mail on Sunday and The Telegraph.

Helen's short stories have been published in The Daily Express, Girl's Night In and Big Night Out.

Helen's story

Helen’s grandfather, Arnost Lederer, fled the Czech Republic before the war to escape German anti-Semitism. What happened to the family he left behind was unknown until Helen undertook this project. Piecing together her grandfather’s story takes her on a journey to the dark heart of the Nazis’ Final Solution and she discovers how her family were used by the Nazis to deceive the Red Cross.