A while ago I read a newspaper interview with Anne Ratterman, a 29-year-old Dutchwoman who, “despite having been born 46 years after D-Day”, organizes bus tours to important World War II locations all over Europe. I thought the interview was a little patronizing; for example, … Continue reading Interview: Anne Ratterman (Battlefield Bus Tours)
When I put out a request for unusual stories about the war two weeks ago, I was contacted almost immediately by Marine Hannon, who wanted to share a very special story about her connection to the war and those who fought in it. Though her story has already been covered online (link) (link), I wanted to interview her and hear her thoughts about what it’s like being a young woman for whom the Second World War still very much dominates the present. Marine grew up with a clear idea of the war as an antecedent to her own life, not just something that happened a long time ago, but an event that made the world what it is today and continues to touch millions of lives. Her parents were very serious about the duty of memory and making their children realise how lucky they were to be free.