[Herz] was grateful that [his parents] had died naturally, in their own home, a fate denied to so many of their kind.
The Next Big Thing, Ch. 9
Brookner described herself as 'a lapsed Jew - if such a thing were conceivable' (Haffenden). The Bruckners / Brookners had come to England in Edwardian times, long before the start of the calamity that was to overwhelm their people, but Brookner remembered from her childhood in the 30s the arrival of refugees in London; they worked for the family as domestics, rather like those maids from Germany in Ishiguro's Remains of the Day.
*A reference from the original Paris Review interview introduction, which seems to be missing from the Internet version.