The remarkable Iby Knill will be in conversation with Judi Spiers.
An Auschwitz holocaust survivor, Iby Knill was born in 1923 in Czechoslovakia. In 1942, in order to escape Nazi persecution Iby escaped to Hungary where after hiding with relatives she was caught, tortured and imprisoned as an illegal immigrant. In 1944, when the Germans occupied Hungary, Iby was sent to Auschwitz, where she was held in a hut with 250 women. When Dr Mengele asked for nursing volunteers, Iby accompanied a slave labour transport of 530 Hungarian women to Lippstadt. After the war Iby married a British army officer and arrived in Cornwall in 1947 to make a new life and close the door on the past. For 60 years she hid the horrors she had survived. All that changed when Iby was featured in the BBC One programme My Story, featuring ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Now in her 90s, Iby is determined to share her experiences with future generations.
Iby will be in conversation with radio and TV presenter Judi Spiers.
Thursday 19th October 12.30pm
United Church, 49-51 Charles Street
I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!
It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.
The festival was well organised, we enjoyed the talks we attended and very much hope to attend next year.
I very much enjoyed giving my talk and meeting you and all your colleagues. I can think of no way you could have been more accommodating.
Very well organised, excellent variety in terms of author and presentation. Favourite was Tony Robinson, but I also really enjoyed Julia Shaw (memory very thought provoking), Richard Dannatt (good solid start to festival) JOHN Wright (local and good humour) Alison Weir (such research and knowledge) and Victoria Hislop (novel in a different style).
Absolute pleasure, thanks for such an enjoyable night. I think having Tony Robinson there promoting his autobiography was a great idea...