Hella Pick

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Hella Pick
Born Hella Henrietta Pick
(1929-04-24) April 24, 1929 (age 89)
Vienna, Austria
Occupation Journalist

Hella Henrietta Pick CBE (born 24 April 1929) is a British-Austrian journalist of Austrian descent.

Hella Pick was born in Vienna, Austria into a middle class Jewish family. Her parents divorced when she was three years old and she was brought up by her mother. Following Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938 and a visit from the Gestapo, Pick’s mother decided to leave Austria. Pick was put on a Kindertransport and arrived in Britain in March 1939. Her mother obtained a visa and joined her three months later.[1]

Pick went to school in the Lake District and learned English. Feeling awkward about her identity, for a while she refused to speak German at all, even with her mother. In 1948, Pick became a British citizen and she no longer felt herself to be a refugee.

Pick studied at the London School of Economics. In 1960 she became the UN correspondent of The Guardian newspaper where she was tutored by its chief US correspondent Alistair Cooke.[2] She has also written for the New Statesman.[3] Her successful career as a journalist and writer led to her being honoured with a CBE in 2000. In Germany she became known for her appearance on the TV shows Internationales Frühschoppen and Presseclub.

Pick is the Arts & Culture Programme Director at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, an independent think-tank based in London.[4] She has dual British and Austrian citizenship, and visits Austria regularly, her "home away from home".

The GNM Archive contains an oral history of her time on the paper in the 1960s and 1970s [5] as well as a written memoir [6]


  • Simon Wiesenthal: A Life in Search of Justice, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1996
  • Guilty Victim - Austria from the Holocaust to Haider, I B Tauris & Co Ltd, 2000


  1. ^ "Through My Eyes > Hella Pick". Web.archive.org. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2018. 
  2. ^ Clarke, Nick (31 March 2004). "Obituary: Alistair Cooke". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2018. 
  3. ^ "New Statesman articles by Hella Pick". Newstatesman.com. Retrieved 16 September 2018. 
  4. ^ ""Institute for Strategic Dialogue"". Strategicdialogue.org. Retrieved 16 September 2018. 
  5. ^ "CalmView: Record". Guardian.calmview.eu. Retrieved 16 September 2018. 
  6. ^ "CalmView: Record". Guardian.calmview.eu. Retrieved 16 September 2018. 

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