Videos tagged with BLITZ
Barbara Johnson recalls her childhood memories from the Birmingham Air Raids during World War 2, which left Birmingham the 4th most heavily bombed city in the UK. Barbara is chair of the Birmingham Air Raids Remembrance Association (BARRA). For more information visit http://www.birminghamairraids.co.uk and http://www.bmag.org.uk/
Evelyn Jajechnyk was born and raised in the City of London. She was 12 when she was evacuated with her sister to Norfolk and they stayed there for 3 years during the worst of the bombing. In this interview Evelyn recounts some of her childhood war-time experiences... She remembers the huge difference between the busy market street she lived in in London and the idyllic countryside in Norfolk. Upon her return to London after 3 years she was faced with a destroyed London and on her first night back her parents took her to Aldwych tube station to the shelter... Evelyn also recounts one other incident with a molotov cocktail stuck to her roof!
Violet Redmont retells some of her poignant experiences throughout the Second World War. Although she was evacuated several times to Hertfordshire Violet was in South London, in particular the docklands surrounding Rotherhithe, during the some of the worst of the war. The docklands were badly affected by the bombing and Violet remembers a few particular stories of close escapes she and her family encountered... But even though she spent her childhood encountering hard times, Violet looks back on that time in a positive light and considers her family as being very fortunate during the war.
In the concluding part of her interview Vera talks about some of the childhood games she and her friends used to play, like 'Knock Down Ginger' and 'Hopscotch', with her least favourite being 'Under the Covers'. Vera tells us about her mother and father, her father worked on the docks and at one time she remembers him bringing her some bananas and her not knowing what to do with them! Children in the area were not particularly well-off and did not have many toys, they made their own entertainment. But she does remember her favourite possession being her beautiful bike… And when she was a bit older, her first pair of nylons!