03 June 2021, The Tablet

Glimpses of Eden

Glimpses of Eden

Thirkleby prisoner of war camp still stands on its hill. The camp’s tall water tower rises above the regimented group of low, brick-built huts as it has for nearly 80 years. The view from these huts, where Italian and German U-boat men were once held, is also largely unchanged – a stately line of willows gracing the meanders of the little river that flows through the fields. Going down to the willows, I sat on the riverbank.

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