Myrna’s war


My wife’s cousin Myrna died a few months ago in her 80’s. She had a happy life with children, grandchildren and kept herself busy into her old age. She was especially interested in Pilates and waxed lyrical about how it had helped her chronic bad back and given her a new lease of life.

Her son Marshall recored her memories of her life in the Second World War as a video with some great family photographs and posted it (see the link above) .

It was fascinating to hear her stories about life in blitzed London,living in Anderson shelters, the way that the war brought everyone together and how she and her family were evacuated to Maidenhead. The stories about getting used to the countryside for a family from Hackjney that had never experienced an early morning mist was brilliant.She tells also of anti-semitism and the way that she was able to overcome it.

This is the sort of oral history that is so important for future generations to know about the realities of the past. If you have an elderly relative who would be willing to be recored orally or visually then give it a go and leave some evidence for posterity as Myrna so wonderfully did.

About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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