In 1938 my mother was in England, in London, at university. She shared lodgings with her friend Katie Fluxman. She wrote a lot about her adventures with Katie when, later, my mother became a writer.
But in 1938 there were rumblings and rumours of war. My mother decided to return home, to Africa. But Katie and Katie’s partner were completely over the moon because they had decided to settle in Palestine (as it then was). They were Jewish. Palestine was their ultimate dream. They would be building a new country, for the Jewish people and make a nation.
So the two friends separated, one, agnostic to return ‘home’ and the other, to make a new ‘home’ for her people.
I know the story of my mother, but I have always wondered how Katie Fluxman fared. She married her man and they arrived in Palestine to build a new country in about 1938.
They are all dead now, but, once, the fire of youth burned bright; young people setting out to change the world.
Where are the children of Katie Fluxman? You will be about my age. What happened to Katie?
It would be nice to know.
PS. I have accidently ‘found’ two sets of people through this blog in the past. Maybe it could happen again.