Friday, March 12, 2010


I had the most amazing privilege today of looking through the scrapbook of an elderly friend. As we leafed through the lovingly prepared book (prepared for him as a birthday gift by a younger member of his family) he told me many of his adventures - and they were not mediocre. As a young man he came to NZ as a refugee. He has kept a huge number and variety of documents from his experiences and journeys - including train tickets, meal tickets, even the menu from the boat he travelled on - and also including the original letter sent to his parents when he was imprisoned by the Gestapo. The letter is signed "Heil Hitler" - and it was very chilling to see this kind of thing first hand. He even later joined the French Foreign legion!

He'd also kept his union card from the first job, and he kindly let me photograph it.

It made me think of the current fad to strip away all the "junk" from our lives and throw out all the clutter. Just as well this lovely old man never did that, because what a rich history he has preserved.

1 comment:

Vanda Symon said...

This is why I have so much stuff, because I can't bear to throw it away. There is something to be said for a good hoard of lifelong ephemera, especially as so much now is digital and intangible. What a pleasure it must have been to share that, PC!