St John's College U.37

Harold Kirby, 'Two months in Berlin'. English, 1940.


'Two months in Berlin: an account of Hitler's Germany, by Harold Kirby, with a foreword by Sir Neville Henderson, former British Ambassador in Berlin.' The author of this work, Harold Kirby, was born in 1919 and came to St John's College in 1937 to study economics and law. He took his BA in 1940 and served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, after which he worked as a solicitor. Kirby spent two months in Berlin prior to the outbreak of war in September 1939. This account of his stay details his activities, acquaintances, and reflections on Germany and the Germans. The foreword is brief: 'I much appreciate your having sent your manuscript to me for perusal and comments. I read it with much interest. It gives in my humble opinion a very fair picture of Germany.' A list of references and errata appear at the end together with a brief author's note dated May 1940.

Manuscript extra information

245 x 205 mm. [6], 100 folios. Neat typescript with very few manuscript corrections. Bound in thick paper covers with a cloth spine.

Given by the Revd Alan Traviss Welford (1914-95), Fellow of St John's, in 1965 (note inside front cover).