The boys survived, but Carl kept the horrors he had endured secret, even from his brother, for decades. When Carl found the strength to speak out, he discovered the tragic aftermath of life in the Church of England Charlton Boys’ Home for many of his fellow inmates.
Despite the adversity and the pain, Carl’s story is overwhelmingly optimistic and heartwarming. It contains recollections of 1940s and ’50s Sydney that will intrigue anyone who loves Newtown, Glebe and the surrounding suburbs, and is told in his own authentic voice.
Born in Newtown, Sydney, in 1937, the eldest of two sons to Mary and Reginald Beauchamp, Carl Beauchamp was brought up in a dysfunctional household and first put into care in a church home at the age of seven. He spent the rest of his childhood and teenage years in and out of homes where he was abused by those who should have been protecting him.
At 17, Carl started work in the Crago flour mill in Newtown before being called up for compulsory National Service in 1956. After four years in the Citizen Military Forces, he worked two jobs to save for his first home with his sweetheart Beryl, who he married on January 27, 1960.
Carl went into business with his father-in-law, running a cleaning company, and later worked as a foreman at an aluminium company and a supervisor in the bread industry.
A keen and talented sportsman, Carl played rugby league, soccer, golf and tennis. He coached junior soccer teams for many years, building a six-team club, Fairfield Heights, into the largest junior club in Australia at the time with 54 teams.
For 15 years he and Beryl lived in semi-retirement at Tuross Heads on the NSW South Coast, where Carl was active in the community and as secretary of the local branch of the ALP. The couple returned to live in Sydney in 2003. They enjoy spending time with their four children, 12 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
In 2004, Carl gave evidence about his experiences in the Church of England’s Charlton Memorial Home at Glebe to the Senate Affairs References Committee preparing the Forgotten Australians and Protecting Vulnerable Children: A National Challenge reports. Carl subsequently organised a reunion of former Charlton inmates and encouraged fellow victims to seek support and counselling and put together evidence together for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Carl’s strong faith, and his love for Beryl, have sustained him and given him the strength to continue his work as an advocate for other survivors of institutional abuse.
The mystery of Dead Mountain: In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.
As gripping and bizarre as Hunt for the Skin Walker: This New York Times bestseller, Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, is a gripping work of literary nonfiction that delves into the mystery of Dead Mountain through unprecedented access to the hikers' own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful journey in the Russian winter.
You'll love this real-life tale: Dead Mountain is a fascinating portrait of young adventurers in the Soviet era, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers' narrative, the investigators' efforts, and the author's investigations. Here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain.
Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as Grete Denner. There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her. Despite Edith's protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity a secret.
In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. She tells how German officials casually questioned the lineage of her parents; how during childbirth she refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past; and how, after her husband was captured by the Soviets, she was bombed out of her house and had to hide while drunken Russian soldiers raped women on the street.
Despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith created a remarkable record of survival. She saved every document, as well as photographs she took inside labor camps. Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., these hundreds of documents, several of which are included in this volume, form the fabric of a gripping new chapter in the history of the Holocaust—complex, troubling, and ultimately triumphant.