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10 October 2008

Yesterday’s witness – sixty years on - preview

In 1948 Jill Inskip took part in a work camp in Germany. She tells her inspiring tale

‘I understand we are to be Kiel-hauled together’… so began a letter I received in the summer of 1948 from John Ferguson, who in later life went on to have strong links with Woodbrooke, the Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham
  • He and I were to be members of a group of students who had been offered the opportunity of joining a work camp in Kiel, staying in the homes of German students and, with them, helping to clear the devastatingly bombed-out university buildings
  • Before being accepted, we had to be vetted by the Foreign Office because ours was one of the first groups to enter war-torn Germany after the military control commission took over; and even more dauntingly, we had to produce £10 – a truly princely sum in those days – to cover our travel costs and expenses
  • I shall always be grateful to my parents for somehow getting the money together in those hard times and for being so enthusiastic about the project – even though my father could not refrain from making some wry comments about my never volunteering to put a spade in the garden at home but being quite ready to take on manual labour in another country!

    Jill Inskip

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