PUBLISHED: 16:52 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:28 12 September 2018 Emma Bartholomew The German Orphanage, Norfolk Road (now Cecilia Road), Dalston. 1930. Patrick Wiegand Emma Bartholomew hears from John Tomaszewski, 94, who is possibly the last remaining survivor who lived in Dalston’s German Orphanage. He recounts how it was closed down by the British government after a teacher was rumbled recruiting boy scouts for the Hitler Youth Movement John Tomaszewski in 2016 at his home in Worthing where author of The German Orphanage Patrick Wiegand went to meet him. Picture: Patrick WiegandFrederick John Tomaszewski was just two when he went to live in Dalston’s German Orphanage with his two siblings. Some 92 years on however, he has no idea how his mother died or how with his Polish nationality he came to be living in the institution set up for Germans. The orphanage – which once stood on the site of Norfolk House in Cecilia Road – … [Read more...] about Last surviving pupil from Dalston’s uber strict German Orphanage? John Tomaszewski, 94, shares his memories
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Saga Island project managers report increasing interest in Icelandic culture in the German speaking countries. Iceland is the special guest of honour at this autumn’s Frankfurt Book Fair, which means that Icelandic books and books about Iceland will be especially prominent at the fair, Visir.is reported. As Saga Island project manager, the author Halldor Gudmundsson has been experiencing the highs and lows of the project preparing to introduce Iceland to German-speaking readers for over three years. “This is really satisfying for us. The German-speaking market is the one most open to translations. It is a hundred-million person strong linguistic area if we look to Switzerland and Austria as well and I believe that few other countries who have been guests of honour at the book fair can say they have met with as much interest as we have come across among German publishers. We clearly hope this will have an impact on other international markets,” Gudmundsson told … [Read more...] about Huge year for Icelandic books in German language
The mane attraction in cinemas next week is Andrew Haigh’s film adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel Lean On Pete, the story of a teenage boy and the horse he rescues. If there’s any justice, audiences will gallop rather than trot to see it. Anyone who hasn’t read the book could be forgiven for expecting an inspirational, uplifting tale. Maybe, like the kid in Carroll Ballard’s beautiful, dialogue-light 1979 film The Black Stallion, the hero of Lean On Pete will train his four-legged companion to be a champion racehorse. But that isn’t how things turn out. Not even close. Haigh’s picture has more in common with Au hasard Balthazar, Bresson’s plaintive 1966 study of the sad life of a donkey, or Ken Loach’s Kes. Boy and horse help alleviate the other’s loneliness and suffering, at least in the short term, but they reflect it too. That’s also the role of the horse that 15-year-old Mia (Katie Jarvis) finds tied up in … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Lean on Pete builds on the proud history of horses in film Why do politicians keep making podcasts?
Features Mark Mason 25 Apr 2018 Read on Gallery: Royal weddings through the ages Spectator Life In the build up to their grand wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are probably too busy to read up on trivia about previous royal weddings. Which is a pity, as they might get some tips on things to include (such as rich tea biscuits) and things to avoid – like spending your wedding night drunk on the floor by the fireplace… 2011: Prince William and Kate Middleton Having chosen the same date for their wedding as Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun (April 29), Wills and Kate tied the knot at Westminster Abbey. She omitted the promise to ‘obey’ her husband (just as his mother Diana had done at her wedding in 1981). The military uniforms worn by William and his brother included specially-tailored sweat guards to keep them dry under the TV lights. David Beckham entered the abbey wearing his OBE on the wrong lapel (that is, the right) – someone must … [Read more...] about A curious history of royal weddings
“I’ve just discovered a diary that an uncle kept during the occupation,” says the lady next to me on the plane when I tell her I’m interested in the history of Guernsey, the Channel Island we are heading for from Gatwick in a little ATR aircraft. “His wife and child were evacuated before the German invasion, so what comes across more than anything is his utter loneliness.” Speak to anyone from Guernsey about the Second World War and they will have an anecdote to tell you; a story told to them by a grandparent, cousin, friend. A story of bravery, of overcoming hardship, of solidarity. Or a story of betrayal, of subterfuge or of plain tomfoolery. The facts of German occupation were part of my childhood, having grown up on the neighbouring island of Jersey, which experienced a similar fate and was held under German command for five years between June 1940 and May 1945. My grandfather would tell me stories of how the Germans took over the farmhouse … [Read more...] about ‘The history is close enough to touch’ – tracing Guernsey’s wartime past and Nazi occupation