The Hartley’s maid was Hungarian, and there was much government propaganda disseminated at the time advocating circumspection towards possible spies. It’s easy to forget how suspicious people were towards foreigners at the time, but heart-warming to see that Kay was quick to refute such xenophobic scaremongering.
Through writing this piece I became very aware of how important the archiving of material is for how we relate to the past. It offers the chance for people to rediscover history in new and unexpected ways, showing how history is a dynamic process of interpretation and re-inscription. Though the period of the Second World War was one of great suffering and tumult in Sheffield, as for the rest of the country, different perspectives on the past reveal a sense of solidarity and community in the face of the destructive forces of war.
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‘Raiders over Sheffield’ Mary Walton and J.P Lamb (Sheffield: Sheffield City Libraries, 1980) Local Studies Library: 940.5442 S
‘Second World War German Map of Sheffield and Associated papers’ Sheffield Archives: X196
‘Sheffield Blitz: In words, pictures and memories’ Paul License (Sheffield: Sheffield Newspapers 2000) Local Studies Library: 940.5442 SQ
‘The Time of Our Lives – Dore at War: Memories from The Dore Oral History Collection’ ed. by Helen Ross, Barbara Jackson & Maureen Cope (Oxford, Dore Oral History Group, 2005) Local Studies Library: 940.5342 S