Short stories by Inge Lusk

Inge wrote three accounts of her early life.

Childhood memories recalls incidents from early childhood: abused for a Jew as a little girl in kindergarten, and visiting the rural home of her grandparents, where she adored the farmyard life but had to take care not to disclose her father's 'renegade' religious status. Eventually, with disastrous results, she is tempted to fulfil her cousins' expectation that she is a sophisticated city girl.

The Lift is a lightly fictionalised, but true, story of her life as a conscript in the rhubarb fields in 1939. After the work-party is stranded, she and her friend Margot thumb a lift from a pair of truck-drivers who assume they are gypsies and fair game for their attentions. The girls ward them off by announcing they are Jewish.

She left a memoire of her early life in England in the form of a series of imagined 'letters' to aunt Otti. Otti, a Catholic, was a close friend to Inge's mother, and visited us at home many times in the 1950s and 60s.

The Lift and the Letters to Aunt Otti are photocopies of pages written in an exercise book. Childhood Memories is a typescript.

Inge always read widely, took a great interest in the arts and joined creative writing courses. She is a capable writer of English. She describes frightening experiences which she survives with determination and guile - always with humour, defiance and hope.

Inge as young woman

Inge as a young woman, before leaving Germany