'The Road to Liberation' 1945 - authors' inspiration - by Alex Marchant
Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger: My family are refugees of WWII and I grew up knowing that they had barely made it out of Europe alive. I grew up in a diaspora of Ukrainian-Americans, many of whom believed they would return to the “old country” as soon as the Soviet Union collapsed. Well, that did not happen right away. By that time, the first generations of Americans were deeply entrenched, married to Americans, and living a dual life between the old and the new. I, however, always knew that I would somehow return to the “old country”. That “somehow” turned into Austria, the country where my mother was born in a displaced person’s camp, and that “somehow” was by returning to the WWII over my historical fiction.
|Eternal flame, Kiev
|Replica Spitfire - not used in the Berlin airlift!
|Litomerice, Czech Republic. Source: Wikipedia
|Commonwealth war grave cemetery, Normandy, France
|The Home Guard. Re--enactors at Haworth's annual 1940s weekend, keeping memories of WWII alive.
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Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, r and The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name