We Were Young and at War: growing up in World War Two

5 Oct 2009

Event times

18.30 — 20.00

Cost of entry

£6 / £4 concessions. To book tel: 01937 546 546, or visit

British Library

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Tube: Kings Cross, St. Pancras, Euston

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The first-hand stories of lives lived and lost in World War Two drawn from the diaries and letters of young people from all sides: British, French, American, Japanese, Polish, German and Russian, each with a unique and heart-rending tale to tell. We follow the stories of 16 teenage boys and girls, writing with a disarming directness about their experiences of the daily struggles and horrors of this devastating war. They include: Edward Niesobski - in Polish, published in 1986 Dawid Sierakowiak — translated and published in English in 1996 Ina Konstantinova - extracts from a collection in English Herbert Veigel — in German, published once in Germany then withdrawn David Kogan — published in 1952 in the USA Klaus Granzow — in German, published in Germany in 1974 Wanda Przybylska - found via a publication in French held at the British Library Unknown Jewish Boy in the Lodz Ghetto — in a collection of Holocaust diaries We Were Young and at War is the latest book by writers and historical documentary makers Svetlana Palmer and Sarah Wallis (People's Century, The Second World War in Colour and Channel 4's critically acclaimed The First World War).They introduce tonight's event, with readings by actors.

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