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Waking the Dead

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cambsaction
People in story: 
John Cairns
Location of story: 
Glasgow
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4623914
Contributed on: 
30 July 2005

vv Waking the dead

My name is john cairns I was born in Glasgow in 1934 I was only about 5years old when war was declared and I was very frightened we all thought we were going to die
I was evacuated to a farm house in Ayrshire it was very nice there I was very happy but after a while I went back home because we felt we were winning the war just about 3miles out side Glasgow there was a prisoner of war camp full of Italian prisoners they were very friendly and would make wooden toys for us children and pass them through the fence I had a wooden horse and rider. Suddenly one day when we went to the camp the Italians had gone, instead there were Germans, and the first thing we children saw was a man hanging by his neck dead! the Germans had done this to one of their own people

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