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Blue Ribbons Bitter Bread : Joice Loch - Australia's Most Heroic Woman

Author: Susanna De Vries
Publisher: Bayswater : Pirgos Press, 2017.
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This unforgettable story has become an Australian classic describing how an Australian bush girl saved the lives of 1,000 Polish and Jewish children in a daring escape from the Nazis. This updated edition contains an important eye-witness account of the burning of Smyrna (Izmir) causing a vast number of deaths. The author's father, a young British naval officer, saved hundreds of Greeks from the blaze that destroyed  Read more...
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De Vries, Susanna.
Blue Ribbons Bitter Bread.
Bayswater : Pirgos Press, 2017
(OCoLC)976428542
Named Person: Joice NanKivell Loch; Joice NanKivell Loch
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susanna De Vries
ISBN: 9781925281798 1925281795
OCLC Number: 1006503620
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; ABOUT THE AUTHOR; CONTENTS; DEDICATION; AUTHOR'S PREFACE --
SMYRNA 1922; PREFACE; INTRODUCTION JOICE NANKIVELL LOCH; 1 CHILD OF THE CYCLONE; 2 PARROT PIE AND PIGWEED SALAD; 3 RURAL POVERTY AT BOOLARA; 4 THE WILD COLONIAL GIRL; 5 'THE COBWEB LADDER'; 6 A HERO OF GALLIPOLI; 7 IRELAND; 8 IRELAND'S BITTER WAR OF INDEPENDENCE; 9 'IRELAND IN TRAVAIL'-THE FINAL CHAPTERS; 10 OFF ON A MISSION; 11 A PALACE IN WARSAW; 12 WOLVES IN THE BLIZZARD; 13 'THE FOURTEEN THUMBS OF ST PETER'; PHOTOS 1; 14 RIBBONS OF BLUE THAT BIND FOREVER; 15 GREECE-THE DREAM AND THE REALITY; 16 'THE ART OF BEING KIND' 17 IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOLY MOUNTAIN18 WILD HERBS AND BITTER BREAD; 19 THE TOWER BY THE AEGEAN SEA; 20 RUG WEAVING SAVES A VILLAGE; PHOTOS 2; 21 EARTHQUAKE; 22 THE RAPE OF POLAND; 23 A MEDAL FROM KING CAROL; 24 ESCAPE FROM THE IRON GUARD; 25 OPERATION PIED PIPER; 26 THE CAMP OF A THOUSAND ORPHANS; 27 RETURN TO GREECE: CIVIL WAR; 28 'KYRIA LOCH'-THE LADY IN THE TOWER; 29 THE END OF THE ROAD; THE ELEVEN MEDALS OF JOICE LOCH; EPILOGUE; BIBLIOGRAPHY; ENDNOTES
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This unforgettable story has become an Australian classic describing how an Australian bush girl saved the lives of 1,000 Polish and Jewish children in a daring escape from the Nazis. This updated edition contains an important eye-witness account of the burning of Smyrna (Izmir) causing a vast number of deaths. The author's father, a young British naval officer, saved hundreds of Greeks from the blaze that destroyed their beautiful city and many of them would be cared for by Joice Loch in a Greek refugee camp and later in the refugee village of Ouranoupolis, now a holiday resort. Joice Loch was an extraordinary Australian. She had the inspired courage that saved many hundreds of Jews and Poles in World War II, the compassion that made her a self-trained doctor to tens of thousands of refugees, the incredible grit that took her close to death in several theatres of war, and the dedication to truth and justice that shone forth in her own books and a lifetime of astonishing heroism. Born in a cyclone in 1887 on a Queensland sugar plantation she grew up in grinding poverty in Gippsland and emerged from years of unpaid drudgery by writing a children's book and freelance journalism. In 1918 she married Sydney Loch, author of a banned book on Gallipoli. After a dangerous time in Dublin during the Troubles, they escaped from possible IRA vengeance to work with the Quakers in Poland. There they rescued countless dispossessed people from disease and starvation and risked death themselves. In 1922 Joice and Sydney went to Greece to aid the 1,500,000 refugees fleeing Turkish persecution. Greece was to become their home. They lived in an ancient tower by the sea in the shadows of Athos, the Holy Mountain, and worked selflessly for decades to save victims of war, famine and disease. During World War II, Joice Loch was an agent for the Allies in Eastern Europe and pulled off a spectacular escape to snatch over a thousand Jews and Poles from death just before the Nazis invaded Bucharest, escorting them via Constantinople to Palestine. By the time she died in 1982 she had written ten books, saved many thousands of lives and was one of the world's most decorated women. At her funeral the Greek Orthodox Bishop of Oxford named her 'one of the most significant women of the twentieth century.'This classic Australian biography is a tribute to one of Australia's most heroic women, who always spoke with great fondness of Queensland as her birthplace. In 2006, a Loch Memorial Museum was opened in the tower by the sea in Ouranoupolis, a tribute to the Lochs and their humanitarian work.

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