The Schellberg cycle is a set of stories set in war-torn Europe in the 1940s: all about the Holocaust and life in Germany and England, from the perspective of one group of family and friends.
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
The strangeness of new friends
In my writing now I’m really getting into feeling what it must have been like for Kindertransport children. It must have been especially hard for my mother-in-law who only found out half an hour before she set off that she was Jewish. There were things also that must have been difficult for all of the children. These feature in the early chapters of the Renate strand. Milk in tea Bitter cocoa Sheets and blankets instead of feather beds No central heating. White bread The language Different hairstyles Clothing Lines instead of squares in exercise books Our changeable weather Double-decker buses Our terraced houses
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