Month: November 2016

Another Chance to see Joe in action!

Nearly one year since this short film was broadcast on Mustard TV in Norwich, here is another chance to see Joe in action as he is interviewed and filmed in his own home. Just follow the link below or copy and paste into your browser.  With so many more followers on Facebook than this time last year, this is an opportunity for the ‘newbies’ to see this delightful piece of footage, filmed just before Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.  Since the filming Joe has two further great-grandchildren, has turned 92 and is looking forward to the publication of his biography Escaping Hitler in the USA by Skyhorse Publishing of New York.  If you would like to buy a copy of his book, signed by both Joe and by me, maybe as a Christmas present, you will find details of how to order on the Menu section of this blog.  Enjoy!

Escaping Hitler: Joe Stirling’s story of Holocaust survival is preserved in print




Remembrance Sunday 2016

This morning I had the honour of being the guest of Joe Stirling at the Act of Remembrance hosted by Norwich City Council.  I stood with him on the famous balcony of Norwich City Hall, where the Queen and other members of royalty have stood on special occasions since the late 1930s.  The sun shone and the soldiers, both young and old, looked magnificent in their uniforms and medals. The clergy and the choir from St Peter de Mancroft Church turned out in their snow white surplices.   The Salvation Army provided the music and the Two Minute Silence followed by Reveille was moving as always. The Lord Mayor, Marion Maxwell looked splendid in her gown and hat as she laid a wreath alongside those from the service groups, including of course The Royal British Legion.  Another great Norwich Civic Event, witnessed by a good crowd of locals and shoppers.  Thanks to Joe for inviting me.

They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Your Norfolk Magazine featuring Escaping Hitler event!

One for the diary: Delighted to discover this inside my free Autumn edition of Your Norfolk, the freebie from Norfolk County Council letter recently dropped into every household in the county.  It is the first promotion of my talk on Joe Stirling’s life and my biography Escaping Hitler, scheduled for the Norfolk Records Office on Wednesday 22nd February from 10.30.  This wonderful archive has been invaluable to me during my research periods for both this book and for my forthcoming book to be published by Pen and Sword Books, My Lady Lord Mayor: The Seventeen Female Lord Mayors of Norwich 1923 – 2017. Joe and I are looking forward to addressing an audience of historians and book lovers in this prestigious building next to County Hall.  Keep an eye on the website for details of how to reserve yourself a seat!

The following two events in March and June look fascinating too!