I can´t change what anyone does, but I can change the way I react to it
Denise Beaton, although born in the Scottish Highlands, has an interesting and varied family background. Her father, Robert James Percival Sellar served in the British army during WWII, was captured in 1940 and, after an endless stay at different camps of Central Europe, happened to end up in 1943 in Opava (Troppau at the time). This was the town where Gertrude Milas, Denise´s mother lived. Gertrude´s family was of mixed nationalities with German mother and Polish father, typical of Silesia. After the war, Denise´s parents lived in the north of Scotland. Denise recollects what it was like to be different; to be brought up a Catholic, with mother of a German background who dressed differently and cooked other meals than it was common in the poor Scottish Highlands. Denise came full circle when she returned to the Czech town of Most in order to participate in a project with disadvantaged local youth.