My Darling Diary - Volume One

My Darling Diary - Volume One


My Darling Diary : A Wartime Journal - Vienna 1937-39, Falmouth 1939-44

Ingrid Jacoby was amongst 10,000 Jewish children brought to Britain just before the Second World War under the organised movement called 'Kindertransport' (children's transport). At the age of 12 she left Nazi-occupied Vienna with her sister Lieselotte, leaving behind her parents and friends, to arrive in Falmouth, Cornwall. 

In Vienna Ingrid had already started keeping a diary and she continued to do so on her arrival in England. This diary became her closest friend and confidant, set against the background of coping with a new language and strange people and surroundings.

She expresses her state of loneliness and her longing for her mother, whilst also recording events surrounding her life in Falmouth and the ongoing war in general. We are enticed to read on with each entry because of the honesty and forthrightness which only a diary can capture.

Ingrid's decision to let the Diary be published came after extracts had been read on BBC Radio 4 and she realised she wished to show her gratitude to those who were prepared to take in refugees during a time of rationing and austerity.

ISBN: 9781852000806 

Size: 217x140mm 

Binding: hardback 

Length: 274pp 

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About the author:

Ingrid Jacoby

At the age of 12 Inga Joseph left her home and parents in Nazi-occupied Vienna via a movement called Kindertransport. She arrived in Falmouth, Cornwall and spent the years through to 1944 at school there. After leaving school she worked in various libraries and bookshops. In 1968 she became a mature student and qualified as a teacher three years later. She studied at Sheffield University and went on to teach modern languages. She married in the 1950s and has a son and two granddaughters. 

Throughout her life she has kept a diary and has been featured in this connection on BBC Radio 4’s Messages to Myself and Woman’s Hour as well as other radio programmes. Using the pseudonym Ingrid Jacoby, she has had three diaries published by United Writers under the My Darling Diary title.