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Hilda Haworth Diary, circa 1942-1943

Hilda Haworth Diary, circa 1942-1943
Mss. Acc. 2011.726
0.05 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

Diary, September 1942 to December 1943, of Hilda Haworth, a resident of Guernsey who, during WWII, was deported by the German army to a POW camp in Dorsten, Germany and later transferred to the POW camp Lindele in Biberach, Germany.  Discusses the daily life in the camp, including food and accommodations, being separated from her children, illnesses, entertainment, different gender roles within the camp, anxiety about children who were left behind, excitement about mail, parcels from the Red Cross, and hopes for the war to end quickly.

Also included is a souvenir program from the Lyric Theatre that outlines all of their variety show stars from 1942-1944.  Possibly some connection to one of the groups that Hilda Haworth went to see during her time in the camp, as she notes that one of the variety shows was done by Mr. Williams, and one of the founders of the Lyric Theatre was Fred Williams, who research shows was absent from  Guernsey in 1944.

While the diary gives the author's husband's full name but does not mention the author's first name, a website listing Guernsey residents  that were deported to Germany (according to the Channel Islands Monthly Review from January of 1943), mentions a Walter and a Hilda Haworth.

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World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners of War

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Hilda Haworth Diary, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Was originally mistakenly accessioned as Walter Haworth diary untile a closer reading of the diary revealed that the author was Walter Haworth's wife. Further research determined that her first name was Rita and the records were changed accordingly.
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