Doreen Warriner’s War is not the typical story of a woman in the 1930’s and 40’s. It is the extraordinary unravelling of why, and how, a young academic gave up her Rockefeller Scholarship for travel to the West Indies in 1938, and instead went to Prague. There she joined a small group of other like-minded people who rescued thousands of anti-Nazi men and women, and, with Nicholas Winton, Jewish children. For this, she was awarded an OBE in 1941. This is also the story of Doreen’s subsequent life, her startling loves and losses, told by her nephew through her own diaries and letters and contemporary accounts.
After working for the Political Warfare Executive in London, Doreen joined two almost exclusively male worlds. She worked for the Middle East Supply Centre in Cairo and she became Head of Food Supplies, based in Belgrade, for the United Nations relief operation set up to prevent starvation in war-torn Yugoslavia.
After the war, Doreen returned to academic life at University College, London, becoming a professor there before her retirement in 1966. Recognised as an expert on economic and agrarian problems in less developed countries, she wrote extensively and was also seconded to several international organisations.
In 2018, forty-five years after her death, her nephew collected on her behalf, a ‘British Heroes of the Holocaust’ medal, awarded by the British Government.
Henry Warriner lives in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire. He began his working life as a scientist, having graduated from Cambridge University in 1964 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked in research and development for Courtaulds in Coventry and Derby, then in sales and marketing in the UK and Europe, before running a factory in north Wales, manufacturing plastic packaging. He took over the family farm in the 1970s, greatly enlarging it over the following years. He was High Sheriff of Warwickshire in 1994.