Songs My Mother Taught Me

September 10, 1945 - Canadian war brides on board the aircraft carrier Reaper as it enters the Syndney Harbour.

September 10, 1945 - Canadian war brides on board the aircraft carrier Reaper as it enters the Syndney Harbour.

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 Today's feature 'Songs My Mother Taught Me' is a 'documentary novel' about British women who married foreign soldiers during World War II. It's based on real wartime diaries, letters, photos and recordings.

The Second World War.  Nowdays, it's become something you can find in places like the British Imperial War Museum in London. Safely organized and labelled behind glass cases and in video displays. But it seems war is less clearly organized in the human heart; in memory, in choices made, in consequences, and in generations that come after.

 

They say the first casualty of war is the 'truth'. But what really seems to be happening is, each person touched by war, lives with their own version of truth.

 

'Songs My Mother Taught Me' produced by Chris Brookes first aired on Ideas with Paul Kennedy in 1999,  and it won a Gold Medal at the International Radio Festival of New York.

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