Author(s): Jo Bailey
Six moving World War II stories. Told by the people who lived them. New Zealand writer Jo Bailey has combined extensive interviews with the use or wartime diaries and written memoir to create six compelling, first person accounts of war. They include a boy who grew up in Japanese-occupied Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), a New Zealand soldier in the 2nd New Zealand Divisional Cavalry, a young girl whose father was a key figure in the Resistance in German-occupied Rotterdam, a navigator who flew with Churchill's top secret RAF squadron flying agents and equipment behind enemy lines, a boy who grew up in the wartime slums of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was later sent to Australia as a child migrant, and six Polish orphans who miraculously survived the loss of their parents and terrible conditions in forced labour camps in Siberia and Uzbekistan before arriving in New Zealand as 'Pahiatua Children' evacuees.