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"Hilke's Diary" is a battered chintz-covered little book with a flowery pattern, its lock (once so important to its young owner) long-since broken. It has survived an incredible near-70 years, and was the inseparable companion of a little German girl throughout the Second World War.Hilke was evacuated from Hamburg and separated from her family; she was placed in 1940 with her uncle and aunt in Meisnheim, then later in 1942 she was sent to an estate as a companion for a little girl. Her siblings were also sent away, split up in the desperation to place them somewhere safe as bombing on Hamburg intensified with the firestorm in 1943. In 1944, Hilke was sent to a boarding school on Lake Constance, X miles from home, and when the war ended this school closed and the pupils were left on the streets with just a handful of money, no papers and no responsible adult to help them get home.Hilke then embarked on a long journey across Germany to find her family, unsure whether they had even survived the bombing. Her childhood diary was her one confidant along her arduous journey home.This title presents the important record of the experience of war through the eyes of a little German girl. It presents recent article in "The Times" called Hilke's Diary 'Anne Frank with a Difference.' It is complemented by family photographs and contemporary articles, maps and a timeline of events.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752445137
ISBN-10: 0752445138
Format: Hardback
(168mm x 124mm x 10mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Tempus Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Geseke Clark

Charlotte Clark is Hilke's younger sister. She translated Hilke's Diary so that today's children could share her story. She has her own story to tell of her experiences being evacuated in Germany in the war and has written papers and often gives talks on the subject. She lives in Warwickshire. Hilke married an Englishman in the 1950s. Tragically, she was killed in a car crash aged just 30, soon after having her first child. Charlotte later married her husband and brought up Hilke's son as her own.