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War Child


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War Child by M.J. Stoppi
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Perhaps tens of thousands of orphans of all nations, created as a result of World War Two, survived because of the kindness of others or by state intervention. Many of those survivors later went on to become viable citizens of their countries. Others were not so fortunate and hopelessly drifted down to the lowest ebb of society, there to be categorised but unidentified. In a sense, I was one of the lucky ones. I was orphaned at the age of ten when a bomb dropped aimlessly during the German 'blitz' killed my parents and my baby brother. I was away from London at that tragic moment, and thus survived. Unlike so many of my contemporaries, I was spared from subsequent mental trauma because of an unconscious survival technique of amnesia. For the period of the event until over a decade later, I was totally unaware of anything that had happened to me prior to December 1940. I had no childhood memories. I couldn't even remember the sound of my parents' voices, let alone the lessons I learned in school. I functioned very much like a robot in order to survive. This is the story of my emergence from trauma and depression.

Author Biography

M. J. Stoppi has lived and worked in Jamaica since 1958 as a chartered quantity surveyor and chartered arbitrator. He has been involved as managing partner of a leading firm in this field and a founding member of the Jamaica Institute of Quantity Surveyors, the Construction Industry Council of Jamaica and other national institutions. He is the published author of several recognised textbooks on the subject of commercial arbitration and conflict management in the Caribbean. He has served as President of the local Synagogue and on various boards of the local Catholic church, for which he has been awarded, by the Supreme Pontiff, the Order of the Holy Cross. His involvement in the culture of Jamaica is well documented; he was, for a formative period of sixteen years, the Board Chairman of the Jamaica National Dance Theatre Company. He is married and grandfather to several happy and talented grandchildren.
Release date NZ
August 31st, 2017
15 Illustrations; Illustrations, color
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Rowanvale Books
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