I am listening to my recorded conversations with Lena in 2003. Listening to hear her “voice” and checking in case I might have missed something important. During 2003, I recorded 18 sessions with Lena, totalling around 110 hours, from early July.
When someone has lived through and been impacted by all of the major events of the Holocaust, which ones to include and which ones to gloss over in a biography? Can you “gloss over” anything in the Holocaust?
Time for a progress report.
A change in my professional circumstances means I have some time to dedicate to secondary research for Hold On. I am also going through my 2003-04 interviews with Lena to check that I haven’t missed something important and for detail/clarity.
So what am I currently reading?
My local Morrisons supermarket sells a limited range of Polish foods. Including one of my favourites:
We might have missed the solar eclipse here in cloudy London this morning but the sun has now come out.
General Sikorski is looking up towards the Polish Embassy on Portland Place. Up to the Chinese Lacquer Room, where the Embassy hosted the Righteous Among the Nations ceremony for Maria Kotarba in October 2006.
Just so you don’t think I bound 80 blank pages!
I am not sure I know but this is what mine looks like when comb-bound…
I have advised two people on how to give an acceptance speech.
Brian Jenner, founder of the Founder of the European Speechwriter Network gave this advice on BBC News just before the recent Oscars.
I have adapted his final piece of advice when making an acceptance speech:
Be grateful. Be gracious. Be gone!
I know a little bit about writing and delivering speeches. This one ticked all the boxes for me around content and passion. Regardless of politics.
I am pleased to report that I have now completed the first draft of my book, Hold On.
This means I have incorporated into my notes all my primary source material from Lena and from Maria’s family.
This is what the result looks like in the Microsoft Word document:
This would equate to a book of around 320 pages…
I am now editing my notes to remove duplication and adding in material from secondary sources. That will make Draft #2.
He stands like a sentinel in Portland Place. I wonder what he is waiting for? Oh yes, a book about one of his subordinates in the Home Army, Maria Kotarba…