The Barley Hole Chronicles: From Hell to Hamburg: 23/47

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Barley Hole was for my great grandfather Canaan, the land of milk and honey. For my father, it was paradise lost and for my mother, Barley Hole was a curse. It was a place that haunted her spirit and her soul throughout her life. To me, Barley Hole is a name forever etched on the map of my family's heart; it is where betrayal and injustice nearly thrust us into oblivion.
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Overview

Barley Hole was for my great grandfather Canaan, the land of milk and honey. For my father, it was paradise lost and for my mother, Barley Hole was a curse. It was a place that haunted her spirit and her soul throughout her life. To me, Barley Hole is a name forever etched on the map of my family's heart; it is where betrayal and injustice nearly thrust us into oblivion.
The Barley Hole Chronicles are an odyssey of the human spirit that stretch across time and geography to incorporate, diverse personalities, personal hardships, World Wars and the struggle for peace and love, in a society fallen from grace. These Chronicles document one Yorkshire family's decent into the wilderness of poverty and hunger. It is a personal record of one young man's struggle to survive the great depression, the Second World War and the hazards and wonders of life in post war Germany. The Barley Hole Chronicles are a summation of two memoirs by Harry Leslie Smith 1923 and Hamburg 1947. The Barley Hole Chronicles are a true account of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real. It is also a social history of the 20th century at its bloodiest and deadliest time.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780987842527
  • Publisher: Barley Hole
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Pages: 422
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Leslie Smith was born in 1923,in Barnsley,Yorkshire. He is a veteran of the RAF and the Second World War. After the war, Smith spent several years in Hamburg, Germany as part of the Allied occupation force. During his military tour in Germany, Harry Smith developed a strong attachment to the German people, their culture and their language. He returned to Great Britain after being demob and worked in various professions in Yorkshire. Smith became disillusion with life and prospects in 1950's Britain and eventually emigrated to Canada with his wife. In Canada, Harry worked in the oriental carpet trade. He specialized in designing and importing unique creations from all over the Middle East, the former Soviet Bloc and Afghanistan. Since his retirement from the business world, Harry Smith has been a writer of memoirs and social history. He is the author of 1923, Hamburg 1947, The Barley Hole Chronicles and the soon to be published Empress of Australia. Currently, he divides his time between Canada, Great Britain and Portugal
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  • Posted March 28, 2012

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    A POIGNANT WARTIME MEMOIR & A MUST READ

    This is one of the most poignant memoirs I've ever read. Harry Smith's life is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit to survive, endure, and thrive against all manner of tragedies and obstacles. Born in 1923 into a disintegrating family in Yorkshire, Harry endured a life of hard, painful, searing poverty. He joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1941 to escape the dreariness and hopelessness he had known up to that time. He learned to be a wireless operator and spent most of the war in the UK. It wasn't until early 1945, as the War in Europe was winding down, that his unit was sent, first, to Belgium, then Holland, and finally, Hamburg (Germany), where he experienced VE-Day (May 8th, 1945). Subsequently, Harry stayed on in the RAF in the early postwar years as part of the British occupation forces. Hamburg was where Harry found love and happiness, as well as many challenges that tested his relationship with a young German woman, whom he later married. This is a remarkable story, told by a man who struggled and won, despite the odds, against adversity.

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