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.
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Herbert Veigel in German, published once in Germany then withdrawn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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