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Diane Armstrong Diane Armstrong i(A15999 works by) (birth name: Danusia Boguslawski)
Born: Established: 1939
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Poland,
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Eastern Europe, Europe,
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Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1948
Heritage: Jewish
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Diane Armstrong, who is a freelance journalist living in Sydney, was born in Poland in 1939. She and her family survived the war years by masquerading as Catholics and eventully managed to secure a passage to Australia on the SS Derna in 1948. She has chronicled that voyage in The Voyage of Their Life (2001). She is also the author of Mosaic, A Chronicle of Five Generations which became a bestseller in 1998.

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Awards for Works

Nocturne : A Novel 2008 single work novel

'It is Warsaw in 1939, and Elzunia is an indulged teenager dreaming of heroism and romance. But when war breaks out, her illusions are shattered. As bombs fall, she meets Adam, a taciturn airman who becomes an activist in the Polish Underground, and later flies bombers for the RAF. Meanwhile, in occupied Warsaw, Elzunia discovers her own strength in ways she never imagined.

'Nocturne is the story of two people whose relationships are played out against the turbulent events of the Second World War in Poland and England. It is a story of doomed heroism and moral triumph in the face of cruelty and betrayal. It is also a story of redemption through love.

'Drawing on her extensive research and her own experiences as a child during the war in Poland, Diane has recreated the tension, confusion and terror of civilians when their lives are on the line and their humanity is put to the test.

'Some of the characters in Nocturne were inspired by real people. One of them was the remarkable Australian nursing sister, Muriel Knox Doherty, who was placed in charge of the hospital set up in the grounds of the Belsen-Bergen concentration camp. Another was the heroic Underground courier Jan Karski who tried to change the course of history by alerting Allied leaders about the genocide in Poland.' (Author's blurb)

2009 winner Biennial Book Awards Fiction
Winter Journey : A Novel 2005 single work novel 'A mother′s silence, a village with a terrible secret, and an Australian woman who travels to Poland to uncover the truth ... When forensic dentist Halina Shore arrives in Nowa Kalwaria to take part in a war crimes investigation, she finds herself at the centre of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. What she does not realise is that she has also embarked on a confronting personal journey. Inspired by a true incident that took place in Poland in 1941, Diane Armstrong′s powerful novel is part mystery, part forensic investigation, and a moving and confronting story of love, loss and sacrifice.' (Publisher's blurb)
2006 shortlisted South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best First Book
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