Tag: 75th Anniversary


Tonight I made my first ‘solo’ presentation to Sprowston History Group.  I spoke to about thirty local  history enthusiasts using no visual aids, apart from a folder of photocopied original photos from the early years of Joe’s life.  They were so quiet I thought I’d lost them but no, they were riveted and very complimentary afterwards.  Here I am with John, the lovely man who booked me.  I really enjoyed myself and look forward to many more such ‘appearances’, especially when I have books to show them!Phyllida at Sprowston History Group

Suitcase1938 One Year On

Joe Stirling and Cast of Suitcase PressThis time last year it was the 75th Anniversary of the first Kindertransport train arriving in England from Nazi Germany.  Seven months later fourteen year old Gunter Stern escaped Hitler using the same route.  Victor and I took Joe to see a performance of Suitcase1938, an interactive promenade play about the Kinder, in Harwich during late November 1939.  The cast were delighted to meet a real refugee and he really enjoyed his day.  Victor and I then took two of our best friends (Judith’s father was also on the Kindertransport) to see the final performance at Liverpool Street.  This can be now be viewed on their website at http://www.suitcase1938.org or via the youtube link below.  Look out for Victor, me, Judith and her husband David, all singing along at the opening of the piece (1 minute 12 seconds!). It was a wonderful experience on both occasions and the video is well worth a view.