June 23, 2010 / 4:00 PM / 8 years ago

Madeleine Albright to write memoir about childhood

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will write a memoir about the events during the first decade of her life and the impact they had on her, publisher Harper Collins said Wednesday.

Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State and head of an international panel that is working to update NATO's mission statement, addresses a news conference after launching her report to the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at NATO headquarters in Brussels May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Thierry Roge

The book, called “While I was Growing Up” will draw upon Albright’s own memories and her parents’ written reflections as well as interviews with contemporaries covering the years 1937 — the year she was born — to 1948, the publisher said in a statement.

Albright, now 73, was shaped by the Nazi takeover of Czechoslovakia, the Holocaust, the birth of the atomic era, the founding of the United Nations and the rise of Communism in Europe, according to Harper Collins.

“Albright looks back upon the moral choices confronted by statesmen and average citizens in this period,” she said, adding it would include decisions affecting her own family.

Albright was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. After being raised a Roman Catholic found out later in life that she had Jewish parents and that more than a dozen members of her family perished in Nazi concentration camps.

She served as U.S. Secretary of State under former President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001.

The book will be published in 2012.

Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Patricia Reaney

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