Quite by chance I found a book online the other day – a memoir covering the little Gloucestershire town of Lydney during WW2, the very place Joe (as Günter Stern) spent three years from 1940 – at the evacuated Yardley Grammar School from Birmingham. It is … Continue reading Amazing Coincidence: Günter’s Chemistry Teacher
I found this wonderful story about Clement Freud when researching Maryhill Barracks in Glasgow yesterday. Joe was sent there for further combat training after he joined the Royal Warwickshires during WW2. Apparently at one time Clement Freud was called up to join the Royal Highland Infantry at Maryhill. The story, from the Scottish Herald dated 4th June 2013, goes like this:
Thousands of soldiers passed through Maryhill Barracks over the years, not only in wartime but during national service. Broadcaster and author Clement Freud, grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, told the story of reporting for duty at Maryhill Barracks accompanied by a chap whose name was read out after Freud’s as “Jung”. Thinking of the other eminent psychotherapist Carl Jung, Clement cheerily told him that was the most amazing coincidence, the two of them arriving at the same time. His fellow recruit listened to him impassively before eventually saying: “My name’s actually Young.”
I am delighted to announce that my debut book, the official biography of Norwich resident and past Sheriff, Joe Stirling, will be published by Pen and Sword Books in January 2016. Follow my journey as I continue to research and write Joe’s remarkable story of courage and determination. As a German Jew in the Rhineland, young Gunter Stern at fourteen, decided he could wait no longer for his Kindertransport ticket to arrive; he had to get away if he was to survive beyond his teens. One night he left a note for his mother and set off on foot across through four countries…..