Conversation between friends, Brigitt and Thea, about how their friendship has helped them deal with their different experiences of the Second World War.
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McCartney, Brigitte, 1944- (female, Retired Teacher), Hurst, Thea, 1925- (female, Retired)
BBC Radio Leeds
Brigitt and Thea are both German by birth but now live in West Yorkshire. Thea is Jewish and talks about her childhood, she escaped to Britain with her mother at the outbreak of the Second World War. Her father died in Treblinka concentration camp. Brigitte's father was a soldier in the German Army, she speaks of the guilt she feels as a German relating to the events of the Second World War. Brigitte also talks about the discrimination she has faced in Britain for being German. Thea talks about forgiveness and how she does not feel any animosity towards Germans who supported the Nazi regime. The women talk about how their friendship has been important to both of them in coming to terms with the issues around the war.
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