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The Olive and Eric
website is dedicated to a young English couple who during the
Second World War were, like millions of others, separated from
each other. Olive was left at home in the City of Leicester with
three very young children and Eric was sent first to North Africa
and then to Italy.
Through their letters
to each other, we can share the feeling of those times in a way
which history books can never convey. The letters are for the
most part not edited and are presented as they were written. They
were found when Eric passed away in the late 1980's, just a few
years after his wife, Olive.
Olive and Eric were
The site is easy to
navigate. There is an Index at the top of each page. It divides
the letters into years, has sections on the people and places
involved, a brief section on the years after the war and a final
section of various unclassified items. The letters can be followed
in sequence or dipped into at random
I offer the contents
not only as a tribute to my parents but to all those who were
separated during the last war, whatever their nationality and
the hardships they experienced.
Transcribing all the
letters has been a long job and is now complete. All the
letters are now on the site.
Thanks must go to
my brother, Michael who is helping with the task of transcribing
the letters. I would be very pleased to receive feedback about
the contents of the site.
Keith Mason. London.
I have now moved
back to Leicester after over 30 years away. I have to say it
has improved over the city it was ten years ago. The centre
is a big improvement and the Curve and the new Phoenix Square
very impressive. Still getting used to the place and will now
be updating the site gradually
Found Leicester too
quiet so now back in Ealing ! As a friend said 'You
can take the man out of London but you cannot take London out
of the man''..
A BOOK ABOUT WARTIME HOLLAND
Occupied Garden is the story of a market gardener and his fiercely
devout wife, raising their young family in Holland during the
If you enjoy this web
set you may find this book of letters also from North Africa and
Italy of interest.