Hilda Al­berg en­sures that her war mem­o­ries are never for­got­ten

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

WHEN HILDA Al­berg was 11 years old, her life changed for­ever. In 1938, just be­fore the start of the Sec­ond World War, she was sep­a­rated from her fam­ily and sent to Corn­wall for five years, where she en­dured some of the most trau­matic times of her life.

Seven decades later, she has chron­i­cled her ex­pe­ri­ences in a col­lec­tion of au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal short sto­ries, A Ren­dezvous of Mem­o­ries (i2i Pub­lish­ing), to en­sure the mem­o­ries of the war are never for­got­ten.

Mrs Al­berg, 81, tells Peo­ple: “Many peo­ple watch the tele­vi­sion pro­gramme Who Do You Think You Are?, but why not just go back to this liv­ing gen­er­a­tion? We might not be here for very long.

“Jewish­peo­plewent through­hel­land­back. There­ar­estill­manyof use­vac­ueesh­ere­and ev­ery­body­hasas­tory to tell.” Mrs Al­berg, chair of JACS in Edg- ware,NorthLon­don, wasin­spired­by­her late-hus­band Frank, whodiedal­most­three years ago. He had in­sist­ed­for­manyyearsthat shep­ut­pen­topa­per.

She also plans to visit Jewish schools to talk about her ex­pe­ri­ences. She has four grand­chil­dren and lives in Edg­ware.

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