Helen Epstein

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Helen Epstein
Helen Epstein
Helen Epstein
Born(1947-11-27)November 27, 1947
Prague, Czechoslovakia
OccupationWriter of memoir, biography, and journalism
EducationHunter College High School, Hebrew University, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
SpousePatrick Mehr (m 1983)
ChildrenSons: Daniel Mehr, Samuel Mehr

Helen Epstein is an American writer of memoir, journalism and biography who lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, United States.


Helen Epstein is the author, co-author, translator or editor of ten books of narrative non-fiction including the memoirs Children of the Holocaust and Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History; the biography of theater producer Joseph Papp; Heda Kovaly’s Under a Cruel Star, Paul Ornstein’s Looking Back: Memoir of a Psychoanalyst,[1] and the tribute anthology Archivist on a Bicycle [2]. Her most recent book, published January 8, 2018, is The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma. It will be published in Czech in 2018. [3]

Helen Epstein was born in Prague in November 27, 1947, grew up in New York City, and graduated from Hunter College High School, Hebrew University,[4] and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She became a journalist at the age of 20, while caught in the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia. Her account was published in the Jerusalem Post and she has been a journalist ever since.[5] Her articles and reviews have appeared in many major American publications and include profiles of art historian Meyer Schapiro[6] and musicians Vladimir Horowitz and Leonard Bernstein.[7]

She was the first tenured woman journalism professor in New York University (1981) and taught about 1000 students over 12 years.[8] She guest lectures extensively at universities, libraries and religious institutions in North America and abroad.[9]


  • Children of the Holocaust. Penguin Books. ISBN 0140112847
  • Music Talks. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0070195447
  • Where She Came from: A Daughter's Search for Her Mother's History. Little Brown & Co. ISBN 0316246085
  • The Companies She Keeps. Plunkett Lake Press. ISBN 0961469609
  • Joe Papp. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0316246042
  • Écrire la vie. La Cause des Livres. ISBN 2917336072
  • Un athlète juif dans la tourmente. La Cause des Livres. ISBN 2917336196
  • Under a Cruel Star. Holmes & Meier Publishers. ISBN 0841913773
  • Acting in Terezín. Plunkett Lake Press.
  • Looking Back: Memoir of a Psychoanalyst. Plunkett Lake Press. ISBN 0961469633
  • Archivist on a Bicycle. Plunkett Lake Press.


  1. ^ Cantrell, Cindy (February 16, 2016). "From Budapest to Brookline, a psychoanalyst looks back". The Boston Globe.
  2. ^ "Czech Republic: Tribute book to Jiří Fiedler published". Jewish Heritage Europe. jewish-heritage-europe.eu. July 24, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma by Helen Epstein". Plunkett Lake Press. plunkettlakepress.com.
  4. ^ "Helen Epstein". American Friends of the Hebrew University. afhu.org.
  5. ^ Epstein, Helen (1968). "Tears in Prague" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017.
  6. ^ Landi, Ann (2007). "A Modernist Manifesto". ARTNews. Archived from the original on 2017.
  7. ^ Ross, Michael (1987). "Music Talks". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Kornwitz, Jason (2015). "Helen Epstein on "Intergenerational Effects of Genocide: A Survivor's Daughter Reflects"". Northeastern University.
  9. ^ "Helen Epstein" (video). UO Today, #229. University of Oregon. media.uoregon.edu. February 5, 2007.

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