On Monday evening, 2nd February 2015, Joe Stirling and I gave our first joint presentation to the Norwich branch of Soroptimists International, a global volunteer movement of women working together to transform the lives of women and girls. Despite the threat of snow and ice, about twenty ladies made it to the meeting. Joe told them about his early life in Nazi Germany, his father’s internment in Dachau after Kristallnacht and how he came to be on the Kindertransport to England in 1939. The ladies were transfixed by his story. I followed up with stories of my ‘Footstepping’ research trip to Europe in September 2013, where so many of his tales came to life for me. We hope to do many more talks together as my book approaches publication in January 2016, starting with the Out and About Club in Norwich in March. It is always wonderful to watch people’s faces as they listen to this ‘living history’ speaker.
For more information about the Norwich Soroptimists see http://sigbi.org/norwich/about-our-club/