What Alice discovered;Children's books;Arts;Interview;Patricia Crampton
Mrs Crampton was one of the first non-Germans to hear about the atrocities that Pausewang describes; her first job after Oxford University was as a translator at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.
"When I flew out, my mother said, 'You will come straight home if it's nasty, won't you darling?'. As I've grown older the experience means more than it did then. When I came back it was very hard to persuade anyone to listen to me. My feeling was very much that it could have happened here. My husband witnessed round-ups when he visited Germany in his teens before the war - his aunt married a German Jew - but they got out in time."
Mrs Crampton later worked in industry and for NATO in Westminster before going freelance. She has translated more than 200 children's books and more than 50 adult novels, mostly from German, Dutch and Scandinavian languages. She is a long-standing member of IBBY, the international children's books organisation.
Recent children's publishing projects include Pausewang's last novel, Fall-out, and another book on the shortlist, Els de Groen's No Roof in Bosnia. Her work in progress is a book for adults - the translation from Swedish of Back to Life, the memoirs of Hedi Fried, a Romanian Jew who survived Bergen-Belsen.