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Mireille Juchau

Mireille Juchau is a novelist, essayist and Walkley Award-winning critic. Her most recent novel The World Without Us won the Victorian Premier’s Prize. Her essay for HEAT, ‘Only one refused’, was shortlisted in the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize and is part of an ongoing project on the afterlife of war.

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Only one refused

HEAT Series 3 Number 1

Even as I uncover materials that suggest Renate’s appearance – a portrait of her sister on an East Berlin balcony in 1961, prisoner records from age sixteen till liberation, a Hollerith card that catalogues her physical features – she remains stubbornly abstract, a dream that can’t be retrieved.

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