Marcus Ferrar


Marcus Ferrar writes historical memoirs about WWII, Communism, Germany, and Eastern Europe, with emphasis on peoples with difficult heritages. He was a journalist with Reuters for 18 years. In the Cold War he was the only western correspondent in East Berlin and also lived in Prague. He then reported the Portuguese revolution.

Together with John Corsellis, he wrote Slovenia 1945, about the massacre of 12,000 Slovene Home Guard sent back by the British Army from Austria at the end of WWII. The survivors tell their stories. It was published in English by I.B. Tauris in 2005. The Slovene version became a best-seller in Slovenia, and it also appeared in Italian.

Marcus publishes A Foot in Both Camps: A German Past – for Better and for Worse in May 2012.

He lives in Oxford, where he is Chairman of the Friends of Summertown Library.