Love Among the Ruins
A Memoir of Life and Love in Hamburg, 1945
The author and activist Harry Leslie Smith recalls how, as an RAF serviceman stationed in Hamburg, he met the love of his life, a young German woman named Frieda. In a city reduced to rubble by Allied bombing, and populated with refugees, black-marketeers, corrupt businessmen and cynical soldiers, their relationship flourished, despite suspicion and disapproval on both sides. Slightly off-mint.
Harry's Last Stand
How the World My Generation Built is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save It
Born in Yorkshire in 1923 and brought up in poverty, Harry Leslie Smith was a survivor of the Great Depression, an RAF veteran of the Second World War and now an activist for the preservation of social democracy and author of Guardian articles online. Part autobiography, part commentary on contemporary society, this is his passionate account of 'how the world my generation built is falling down, and what we can do to save it'.