In this book, Meriel Schindler weaves together memoir, family history and an untold story of the Jews of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Kurt Schindler was an impossible man whose daughter Meriel spent her adult life trying to keep him at bay. Kurt had made extravagant claims about their family history. When Kurt died in 2017, Meriel felt compelled to resolve her mixed feelings about him, and to solve the mysteries he had left behind. She reconnected family members scattered by feuding and war. Launched in 1922 as an antidote to the horrors of the First World War, this grand cafe became the whirling social centre of Innsbruck.