Yesterday, 1st February Joe Stirling and I gave a presentation about Escaping Hitler to students and staff at @NorwichHigh (Norwich High School for Girls). We were part of the excellent Lunch and Learn scheme where anyone is welcome to join a speaker at lunchtime in the library space and enjoy a buffet lunch while listening…. everyone was so welcoming. The students were mesmerised as ever by Joe telling his personal story of life as a Jewish boy in Nazi Germany. Our visit was timed to be as near as possible to Holocaust Memorial Day and we ended our slide show with a tribute to Joe’s parents, Alfred and Ida,who were murdered in Sobibor in 1942.
Also poignant was that Jane, Joe’s eldest child, won a scholarship to Norwich High School back in the late 1950s. This is the main reason the family moved to the Unthank Road. Joe and his wife Jean would have visited the school many times for parents evenings, concerts, sports days, bazaars and the like! The story is documented in Escaping Hitler and it is wonderful to think that my book will remain their stunning new Library for the girls to read for years to come.
Our thanks to Mr Emerson-Moering for inviting us to speak. Photos courtesy of Emily Marchant, Communications Officer.