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A Childhood Memoir: A Double Childhood Melanie Lowy

A Childhood Memoir: A Double Childhood

Melanie Lowy

Published September 23rd 2011
ISBN :
Kindle Edition
299 pages
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The stomping of black-booted automatons- the drums beating in tuneto murderous chants of hatred –a retentive memory of a little girlhas captured it all. Her early, serene Munich childhood wiped out: aschool in flame, a journey alone to EnglandMoreThe stomping of black-booted automatons- the drums beating in tuneto murderous chants of hatred –a retentive memory of a little girlhas captured it all. Her early, serene Munich childhood wiped out: aschool in flame, a journey alone to England ahead.Gone is the school she loved. Parted from her adored father with whomshe endured prison and worse. Stored away safely is her memory of GRAFZEPPELIN, the hideous faces of the Nazi leaders and her love of Munich.KINDERTRANSPORT to England aged nine without friend or languageleaves her traumatised unused as she is to cope with caring for herself.Stays at holiday camps- with a kind, generous Jewish family in London,then it is off once more with Jewish schoolchildren to Bedfordshire weeksbefore WW2.A love affair begins with the English country-side and its animal inhabitants.Evacuated to an ancient farm house with no amenities whatever, where sheis joined by her pious old grandmother, she settles down to school-life inthis strictly orthodox school, new friends all refugees.Through her father, a well-known poet, she discovers what is happening toJews in Europe early on and her faith is shattered.A contrasting tale of two childhoods, one recalling a deceptively idyllicbeginning- the other an awakening in a strange but charitable land and theforever haunting realisation of what has been done to her people.This is a unique portrait of childhood.