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America – my safe haven


My voyage to America
John Julius Norwich Writer
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We return to the war and to my voyage to America. We... we crossed Ireland, we got to Galway where out in the harbour there was this enormous American liner called the HS Washington with an enormous stars and stripes painted all over the hull, just one huge American flag so that all submarines should realise it was neutral. And on this we crossed the Atlantic. And I remember being slightly disappointed that all the places I was most looking forward to like the gym and the cinema and all that were all full of beds. They were just trying to get as many child evacuees out as they possibly could.

John Julius Norwich (1929-2018) was an English popular historian, travel writer and television personality. He was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto, at Eton, at the University of Strasbourg and on the lower deck of the Royal Navy before taking a degree in French and Russian at New College, Oxford. He then spent twelve years in H.M. Foreign Service, with posts at the Embassies in Belgrade and Beirut and at the Disarmament Conference in Geneva. In 1964 he resigned to become a writer. He is the author of histories of Norman Sicily, the Republic of Venice, the Byzantine Empire and, most recently, 'The Popes: A History'. He also wrote on architecture, music and the history plays of Shakespeare, and presented some thirty historical documentaries on BBC Television.

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Tags: America

Duration: 54 seconds

Date story recorded: 2017

Date story went live: 03 October 2018