Monday, March 6, 2017


…Lest we not learn from History

21 ALDGATE by Patricia Friedberg based on true-life characters and events.

Set in London, England in the 1930’s during the build-up and into World War II 

21 ALDGATE is the story of CLARA LEVY a strong, independent and inspirational woman, whose drive, determination and courage sets her apart from her generation of women.

CLARA LEVY a young women from London’s East End finds employment as
assistant to Artist PAUL MAZE in the writing of his memoir.

A few miles away from her family’s flat at 21 ALDGATE in the East End is 14 Cheyne Walk, home to the wealthy, successful and charismatic Paul Maze. A distance of only a few miles, yet in 1930 London, a social divide virtually impossible to imagine, let alone cross…

And so begins a journey for Clara, every day a few miles on the bus, every day a little further from Aldgate and her family.

CLARA assists MAZE in the writing of his memoir:  A FRENCHMAN IN KHAKI , by PAUL MAZE, William Heinemann, LTD., London, England 1934.  She is introduced to the society Maze moves in, the privilege he enjoys and despite the prejudice she encounters a passion grows between them.


Paul Maze DCM MM (1887-1979) (Pronounced Mars)
Often called the last of the Impressionists, Maze had a reputation as one of the great artists of his generation. He was born in 1887 into an artistic circle in Le Havre, where the young Maze learned the rudiments of painting from family friends that included Renoir, Monet, Dufy and Pissarro. His father, a tea merchant, sent him to school in Southampton where he began a life long love affair with all things English. On the outbreak of War, the sight of the Scots Greys disembarking at Le Havre inspired him to sign up immediately as their interpreter. A brave and highly decorated soldier, Maze was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal and bar; he sketched continually throughout the Great War, his pencil and paper never far from his bayonet.

During this time he encountered Winston Churchill and a mutual interest in painting led to a lifelong friendship, often with Maze acting as Winston’s artistic mentor.


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