The 1943 Bethnal Green Tube Shelter Disaster: An Oral History

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One dark, wet evening in 1943 in London's East End, 173 people were crushed and asphyxiated to death as they attemped to gain refuge in Bethnal Green's underground from an expected German attack. Most of them were women and chilidren. The tragic number of deaths make the event one of the worst civilian disasters in modern British history. For the first time, this book brings together over 30 oral history interviews recorded with those involved in the disaster. For some survivors this has been the first opportunity to speak publically about what happened that night, and the impact of the disaster on their lives.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of East London
Number of pages106
ISBN (Print)0993266509
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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