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1st Jul, 2022

Book tells story of secret hero from Stratford who rescued Jewish refugees

A ‘SECRET hero’ of the second world war who left her Stratford home to save Jewish refugees has had a book written in her memory.

Doreen Warriner had secured a scholarship to travel to the West Indies and promote humanity in 1938.

But instead of boarding the ship, the Lower Quinton resident went to Prague, where she helped anti-Nazi groups rescue thousands of men, women and children.

She also housed a refugee in the stables at her home at Meon Hill and later went on to head up an operation to prevent starvation in war-torn Yugoslavia.

And in her memory, Doreen’s nephew, Henry Warriner – who collected a ‘British Heroes of the Holocaust’ medal on her behalf following her death in 1972 – has penned a book.

Henry – who was High Sheriff of Warwickshire in 1994 and now runs the family farm in Shipston – said: “Doreen Warriner’s War is not the typical story of a woman in the 1930s and 40s. In Prague she joined a small group of other like-minded people who rescued thousands. For this she was awarded an OBE in 1941.

“This is also the story of Doreen’s subsequent life, her startling loves and losses.”

The book costs £10.99 and is available from or Amazon.

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