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'No longer the enemy': Archive talk explores post-war kindness

Published November 02, 2018 3.01pm

A history talk at Durham County Record Office will reveal the previously untold tales of German children who visited the UK after the end of the Second World War.

No longer the enemy

Residents from Station Town with their German visitors. Copyright: David Inch

In the years immediately after the end of the conflict, undernourished, poorly clothed and badly accommodated German children were invited to the UK to receive respite from their severe living conditions at home.

A talk by David Inch, chair of the Friends of Durham County Record Office, will describe the group's research on the topic as part of a fascinating Heritage Lottery Fund project.

'No longer the enemy' will take place on Thursday 15 November, 6.30pm-8.00pm and will reveal stories of local people's kindness and compassion during visits to County Durham.

Dawn Layland, education and outreach archivist, said: "This talk is part of our programme of 'Third Thursday' talks in which archivists and guest speakers share their knowledge of the collections they love. The Friends of Durham County Record Office are passionate about researching and promoting the history of our county and we're delighted that David will be presenting the group's latest discoveries in this talk."

Tickets for the event cost £5, but are free for Friends of Durham County Record Office. Places must be booked in advance and are available online from the Durham County Record Office online booking web page, in person at , or by calling 03000 267 619.


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