Monday, 6 August 2018

Fragments from an Unexceptional Life

We all, in one way or another, live unexceptional lives. We are born, we go to school and increasingly university, we start work, enter relationships that may or may not lead to children who we watch grow into adults and, hopefully after years of retirement, we die. That is the life that most of us experience. We have an impact on our ‘nearest and dearest’ but beyond that our lives will barely cause a ripple in the grand scheme of things. This does not mean that our lives are dull and yet very few of us every put pen to paper so that our lives and what we have learned are ever passed down to future generations. I have read many published and unpublished memoirs of people who serve in or lived through the Second World War and this one is exceptional. It is based on Harold’s collection of information about his experiences that, several decades later, he drew together into the story of how an unexceptional man lived through and coped with exceptional times.
As Harold wrote: '…the accounts are truthful as far as my memory serves me. I haven’t put them into story form because I find that doing so tends to make them read like fiction I have no wish to glorify war. Although I enjoyed my time in the forces generally speaking, I pray that you will never be involved in such a conflict, or in a disaster of any kind.’

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1 comment:

Hels said...

I agree that it was very difficult to get WW2 survivors to write down their experiences privately, and even more difficult to get them to publish the memoirs publicly. Our uncle finally got out of Eastern Europe and went to Israel in 1950; there he was warmly encouraged to write his memoirs by one of the residents in the sanatorium he moved into.

Language was an issue since our uncle could only write in Yiddish, Czech and Hungarian. His testimony wasn't translated into English and Hebrew until years after he passed away, perhaps by his son.

Thanks for the link