Ingrid Dixon studied German and Italian at the University of Bristol, education at the University of Cambridge and art history at the Courtauld Institute in London. She has written teaching material and taught German and academic English at the University of Cambridge. Her MA research on a 14th Century Italian altarpiece, brought to Britain by Victorian architect George Edmund Street, architect of the London Law Courts, has been published in Italy. She and her husband have two adult children and four young grandchildren.
The Bride's Trunk: A Story of War and Reconciliation
“An extraordinary narrative”, Jackie Ashley
“Carefully pieced together from personal and official documents, oral testimony and material objects.”, Professor Peter Wilson
“A gripping and moving story, with excellent illustrations.”, Dr Philip Towle
A true story of love and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Second World War.
Minny leaves Germany on a bitterly cold morning in December 1946 and travels to England to marry Jim, a British Intelligence Corps soldier in the Allied armies that defeated the Nazi regime in 1945 and occupied the devastated nation. She has survived British and American bombs and witnessed the destruction of Aachen, her ancient and beautiful city. How will a German woman cope in austere post-war Britain, where she is still regarded as the enemy? Illustrated with almost 100 images and original documents, The Bride's Trunk describes the adventures of an unremarkable piece of luggage and three generations of its owners, whose journeys across Europe are determined by the turbulent events of twentieth century history.