Tag: The Federation of Women’s Institutes

Happy Birthday Günter/Joe!

Today, 18th October 2018, Joe Stirling (born Günter Stern), the subject of my biography Escaping Hitler, is 94 years old.  I called in to his home in the Unthank Road Norwich this morning to give him his card and found to my delight that he had visitors – his nephew Paul Skitmore and his wife Sarah. (Paul features in the book as a child)  Joe, although tired, was on top form.  Tonight, instead of accompanying me to speak about his life to the good ladies of Thorpe End W.I. in Norwich, he will be dining out in the city with members of his close family.  I wish him a happy birthday evening.

Joe and me with his birthday cards!

Happy 93rd Birthday Joe Stirling!

Today is Joe’s 93rd birthday.  I called into his home to take him some chocolates (he is a self-confessed chocoholic) and found him in good form, looking forward to a family dinner tonight at an undisclosed location.  Wishing to record the moment I tried some selfies.  Why is it that I can never make them work like the youngsters do?!  But undeterred I carried on and I think these might make you smile!

Link to Joe Stirling on You Tube

The summer season is  ahead and normally our presentations and public speaking events would be drying up.  Not this year!  18 months after the publication of my debut biography Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future (Pen and Sword Books 2016 & Skyhorse Publications New York, 2017), our diary has a further six engagements to September, four in the autumn and three in 2018!  This is mainly because Joe is so compelling when at, nearly 93, he tells his own story to audiences all over Norfolk.  For those who have not yet seen this film, do take a look and you will see what I mean!  For details of how to buy your signed copy direct from the author, do look at the menu section of this blog.

 

Escaping Hitler Lecture Tour rumbles on

Busy times for both author and subject of Joe Stirling’s biography Escaping Hitler.  Last week found us talking to Norwich Community History Club, The Out and About Club in Norwich, Walsingham History Society (really out in the sticks!) and the Mercedes Benz Owners’ Club at the swanky Dunston Hall Hotel.  This morning (it’s Tuesday so it must be The Maid’s Head Hotel) I flew solo at the East Anglia Women Networking Group (See photos below) Thursday evening both of us will be addressing Brooke Women’s Institute, culminating on Saturday with an exhibition stand at the Lions Clubs International District 105EA Convention at Stoke by Nayland Hotel and Country Club near Colchester.  We hope to meet many of Joe’s old Lion colleagues and younger ones too, who may have an interest in the history of this worldwide fundraising organisation.  It is a real experience taking Joe’s story to so many people, long may it continue.  Updates later….

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