Gong Gong says

This is a posthumous blog of our father's (Lim Kok Ann) life. When our father passed away on 8 March 2003, he left behind an unpublished autobiography. We'd like to celebrate his life by sharing his autobiography through this blog.


"I have dredged these anecdotes from memory just to pass the time; if they amuse my grandchildren their purpose will have been served; if they provide any instruction, it will be a happy coincidence; that they are disjointed is probably to be expected.

Aurora was the name of my grandfather’s house in Kulangsu.   Amoy, where I spent the first five or six years of my life.   I still have vivid memories of events that took place when I was barely three years old.

Lim Kok Ann
October 1996"

Sunday, July 20, 2008

CHAPTER TWO: AULD REEKIE

2:1 Beginning of WW II
We arrived in Edinburgh, known as “Auld Reekie” to affectionate Scots, in the evening of September 2nd and the University sent people to meet us and take us to our lodgings. I pleaded weariness and declined when the landlady asked me if I would like to see the lights of Princes Street, a famed tourist attraction that showed off Edinburgh Castle very well. I said, “Another day,” not realising that meant five years later, for the next morning, September 3rd, the landlady called us to Iisten to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, on the radio.
In a solemn voice, Mr. Chamberlain explained that his ultimatum given to Hitler to withdraw his troops from Poland had expired, and “This country is at war with Germany.” It was a shock, and a shock driven home by the sirens that were sounded all over Britain to tell the populace that the next time sirens sounded, it would be for real.

That night Princes Street was un-lit and remained so till the end of the war. Afterwards Winston Churchill replaced Chamberlain as Prime Minister. Churchill had for many years denounced Hitler as a threat to peace. The message he gave on taking office was sombre: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

Note: Adolf Hitler, the German Dictator, rose to power by appealing to German chauvinism in the years after the first World War. He created the myth of (German) racial superiority and blamed Jews for Germany’s ills. His political party was the Nazional-Socialist party, abbreviated to ‘Nazi’, and his emblem the reversed swastika, a Buddhist emblem of peace. Hitler took his own life when the Allied armies approached Berlin at the end of World War II.

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