The Psychiatrist: Conscript, Prisoner, Interpreter, Healer

He never spoke about his Long March Home in the winter of 1945.

He never wanted to talk about the debacle at Dunkirk. He never wanted to relive the retreat from Cassel in 1940 and his capture at the hands of the occupying German forces.

 

He wanted to blank out the horror of that journey to a POW camp deep in the heart of Eastern Europe and the subsequent four years of his life where, along with other Dunkirk veterans, he was incarcerated and brutally used as a forced slave labourer for the Third Reich.

He never spoke about his Long March Home in the winter of 1945.

So why, in the 1980s, after a lifetime of helping and healing others, did the psychiatrist, Dr Eric West, decide to revisit the scenes of his worst nightmares?