Storytelling at its hardest

After fleeing the Soviet Army’s invasion of German-occupied Estonia, hers was one of many families that ended up in Geislingen — a south western German town set in the Swabian Alps.

Until just a few years ago little was known of what ultimately became of her childhood friends, with most having migrated to adoptive countries across the globe.

So with the aid of the few friends Dr Maddisson had been able to remain in touch with, she set herself the task of tracking down as many as she could and compiling their stories.