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A German in the kitchen.

by BBC Southern Counties Radio

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Patricia Ellis/Smith. Peggy Priest. Edith Smith
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Ewell, Surrey
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14 August 2005

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My main memory of the war was when I was 6 and my father was in the Air Force. He came home one day and said 'No German is going to have my wife or daughter. If they land I am going to get a gun and shoot us all'. I can remember thinking 'Oh Dear', but a lot of it went over my head. My mother appeared to be aghast at his words.
When I was 7 my cousin, who was a Land Army Girl, brought this German prisoner of war home and sat him in my mother's kitchen.

I don't think she dare take him home to her own mother. I remember him saying that he 'did not want to fight but was conscripted the same as your men were'. My cousin felt sorry for him and brought him home as a break from the work on the farm. I accepted so much as the way things happened then. I remember seeing pictures in the Picture Post of horrible things that happened in the War but thought 'Life is life - this is my life and I have to get on with it'.

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