"Anyway," she said, "you're German." Crushed, I subsided; there was no answer to that one. It was Betty's trump card, to be flung down victoriously whenever she felt I had got the better of her. Betty so triumphantly English and I so shamefully ...
German! Although we were best friends she never allowed me to forget my true nationality. Born in Hannover in 1924, Rosemarie Dalheim and her family moved to England three years later. With a flourishing business employing five people, the Dalheims were considered 'desirable aliens' and soon granted permanent residence. Settling in Hull, life felt safe and secure in those sunny, pre-war days. However, with Hitler's rise to power and the growing tension and hostility within Europe, having a German heritage in England was now a very undesirable thing indeed. Despite attempting to maintain a sense of normality and stability in those challenging times, the inevitable finally happened - war broke out and the Dalheims were interned in a camp on the Isle of Man. The Sunny Hours is a tale of divided loyalties, and the struggle for acceptance and belonging. With warmth and humour Rosemarie Dalheim recounts the confusion and uncertainty of a young girl, feeling both British and German, growing up in Britain during World War II.
Number of pages: 344
Date of publication: 21/01/2012
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