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Sent Away on Story Net

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Beryl Tovim was separated from her family and sent to live in rural England during World War II when the German air force began its campaign of aerial bombing known as the Blitz.

 

 

 

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Sent Away

Recording Date:- 18-02-2013

Storyteller:- Beryl Tovim

Province:- Quebec

Language:- English

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Beryl Tovim was separated from her family and sent to live in rural England during World War II when the German air force began its campaign of aerial bombing known as the Blitz.


"I have this picture in my mind of, on the pavement, all the bodies laid out in sheets."

Beryl Tovim was separated from her family and sent to live in rural England during World War II when the German air force began its campaign of aerial civilian bombing known as the Blitz.

It was the first of many extraordinary experiences in a life's journey that has led her from England to Israel to Canada, and out from the emotional isolation of marital dysfunction, to freedom and self-confidence as a working single mom.

Born in London in 1932, Beryl now lives in Hemmingford, Quebec, where she is best known as the leading force behind the local community library.

As children, Beryl and her brothers were billeted in foster homes at various times as part of a program to reduce civilian casualties among people living in cities targeted by the Nazi bombing campaign.

During eight months of sustained attack, between September 1940 and May 1941, many parts of London were reduced to rubble. Beryl's father went to war work on the home front and the family's dry-cleaning business was abandoned.

Beryl shares her memories of the warning sirens, the bomb shelter in her grandmother's back garden, and of her eventual evacuation to the safety of the countryside, where her family was reunited after the war.

Recorded in Hemmingford, Quebec