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Victoria Aldridge Washuk
I am the great-granddaughter of Ruby Side Thompson. I own all copyrights of her diaries that span from 1939–1969. The copyright ownership was transferred to me by inheritance through my grandmother, Ruth Ferris Thompson who was married to Ruby's son,John Thompson. I have a copy of Ruby Side Thompson's will passing the diaries to my grandmother Ruth Thompson and further legal documentation and letters showing the inheritance transfer of copyright .
I started re-reading the World War ll journals and found them extremely worthy of note on many levels. I realized how little I knew about the events surrounding World War ll and what the Londoner’s in particular had to endure. These journals are a combination of the historical and the exceptionally personal.
I thought that others may also find them intriguing and started a blog. In doing so I received reactions from people from around the world and this inspired me to publish them in book form for all to enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars A choice pick, not to be overlooked, November 6, 2011
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This review is from: World War II London Blitz Diary: A Woman's Revelations Enduring War and Marriage (Volume 1) (Paperback)
As war rages on all around you, it can be hard to cope with the pressures of warfare. "World War II: London Blitz Diary" is a diary of Ruby Side Thompson as she tells her story of living under the pressure that the Luftwaffe put on London during the countless bombings throughout the war, pushing England to the brink of destruction. A personal story of a mother trying to keep her life together along with simple survival, "World War II" is a choice pick, not to be overlooked.
on May 25, 2018 :
I am intensely interested in the life of Ruby Side Thompson because I have read her WWII diaries. I am SO glad they are NOT edited so I have all her opinions on current events as well as the books she read and her happy days - these things were left out of the earlier publication of her diaries from 1906-1938 which is copyright protected and owned by another descendant of Ruby's. Published in 1995, Bonnie Thompson Glaser (Ruby's granddaughter) and Anne Martin Worster (historic adviser) decided to omit some of the most important things in my view from Ruby's diaries - her opinions on current events and the books she read. To me, a published diary is a sham if it doesn't include everything. I want to know the writer's thoughts - all of them, not just the hand picked ones chosen by a publisher. So - all this to say THANK YOU to Ruby's great granddaughter who owns the rights from 1938 to 1969 and has published the 4 volumes of the WWII years unedited. I have one request of Victoria Aldridge Washuk (Ruby's great granddaughter) - please oh please publish the diaries that remain in your possession up to 1969. I would be fascinated to read them - every word.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on April 12, 2012 :
The book World War II London Blitz Diary Volume 1 edited by Victoria Aldridge Washuk is a special work that will appeal to different group of readers. For the readers that wish to read about how a woman lived during this tumultuous time in history for their personal edification will have an informative read that will be completely satisfying. These readers will obtain a new outlook on how the war prompts and stresses everyday life and how a woman struggles within life, marriage, and religion. This book gives these deeper insights that are not normally written about, as the writer, Ruby Side Thompson, does not focus on the well-known gritty, factual results of the bombs, or rationing. Instead the reader gains lesser-known details of her life and how these years impacted her life. For these reasons I believe that this book will be a rewarding read.
For readers that want to read this book for personal pleasure read no further, as this next part will most likely bore you and is for readers that wish to read this book as a primary source of a historical document.
Let me say here that the editor Victoria Aldridge Washuk should be given a hand for having the foresight, and courage to release this work for future scholars and interested people. She had the courage to release the work without diluting and or polishing the dairies. I feel that the importance of this work cannot be overstated as it gives us a source for the common person. We all know that many primary and secondary sources are from official, and prominent people and very few are from mostly unknown common persons. Within this work scholars can gain important insight into a woman’s struggle with religion, marriage and how stress of war affected women in general.
For students or scholars of psychology and or religion will find this work of great use to see how stresses affected a woman’s life, religion and outlook on marriage. She kept meticulous records of not only when, location, and length of raids and bombs. But she also writes of what books she was reading and why and how they effected her during that time frame. Giving the scholar a priceless work to obtain deeper knowledge of all these issues.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Jan. 06, 2012 :
This diary is a very illuminating look at what life during the London Blitz was like. Life-long diarist Ruby talks about both the external events of WWII and her personal experiences on a day-to-day basis living through the Blitz, as well as general family and society events and opinions. Being able to read something that was being written each day, without the benefit of hindsight as to what was historically significant, was very refreshing.
The diaries have been edited by Ruby's great-granddaughter. She has let the content stand as is, and accordingly some comments will likely make modern readers cringe a bit, but thankfully there has been no editing to make the diary more dramatic, as a novelised version might have been. The content itself and the fact the diaries survive is a true gift to Ruby's descendants, and now to us as well.
(reviewed 63 days after purchase)