Many people who lived through World War II were unable to speak about what they experienced and witnessed, as the trauma was too great, or the memories too painful. But others, often later in their life, like the people featured in Never Forget, have found it cathartic to tell their stories, and preserve them for future generations.
These extraordinary, intimate true accounts, feature children of war from different corners of the globe, and servicemen recounting their stories from the battlefields of Europe, and in the skies above enemy territory
The massive impact of war on the average citizen is at the heart of Never Forget. Children witness atrocities they should never see. Families are forced to leave their homes forever, or live alongside the enemy on their own land. Children lose fathers and brothers to prisoner-of-war camps. Some are orphaned. Food is scarce and they face crippling hunger. The emotional toll on the servicemen after years of relentless action is hard for them to bear.
These are just some of the compelling and epic stories in Never Forget which I collected over a 10 year period, following extensive interviews, exhaustive research and the use of the subjects’ own wartime diaries, and written memoir.
While the wartime reflections in Never Forget are often painful, the stories are inspirational too. They honour the inner strength, incredible will to survive, and hope these people were able to summons in the face of incredible odds, and their gratitude for the bright future they were able to forge in the post-war years.
Meet The People in Never Forget
It was such a privilege to meet these incredible people, and to be trusted with preserving their often harrowing wartime stories of courage, survival and hope. Many World War II photographs from their private collections also feature in the book.
The Węgrzyn family
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