Thank you so much to all my followers for your support. Welcome to my first Book Stack. These are some of the reference books, I use, to research my novels.
The Books: My family are Anglo/German, and so the German dictionary is useful for translating family documents.
Before I started writing, I knew very little about German history. My first book, Mizpah Cousins, is set during the Great War Era. The story begins in the East End of London, then journeys across Europe. Hence my need to brush up on the history of this epoch, on both sides of The Channel.
My second book, Betweenwhiles, is set between the World Wars; this was the era that gave rise to Hitler. I felt it essential to understand Hitler’s influence and authority in German, as half of my family were living there. This research made for difficult reading, as I also included, Mein Kampf – I found it a chilling book to read.
To understand social history, 1909 to 1939, I have found many gems that gave informed insight into everyday lives.
The Brit Slang book proved useful, as my parents, grandparents and great grandparents, lived in Cockney London. Hence my father taught me Cockney Rhyming slang as a child.
The Glass Items: The little silver topped, crystal rouge pot, is hallmarked 1910. My grandfather, Emil Heitmann, gave it to my grandmother, Agnes as a Christmas present in that year. Their story is told in Mizpah Cousins: Life, love and perilous predicaments during the Great War Era.
The glass jug is from the time between the wars, and bears the etching; With Compliments from Mr and Mrs Barnes The Swedish Flag St Georges E. Xmas 1928. My great grandparents, George and Minna Demmel, lived near the pub in Swedenborg Street, in East London. The pub landlords gave them this Christmas gift as they were regular customers. Their story is told in my book, Betweenwhiles: A family between two wars-a true story of rebellion against Nazism.
My research enabled me to reunite with long-lost Demmel family descendants, still living on the Isle of Dogs, London. They kindly and graciously, gifted me the engraved jug.
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