Second World War

European Jewry in long-term decline, says Pew report

By Naomi Firsht, February 10, 2015

The number of Jews living in Europe has been in decline since the Second World War, reported the Pew Research Centre on Monday.

There are now 1.4 million Jews living in Europe, which is around 10 per cent of the world Jewish population. The most dramatic drop has been in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.

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The Bletchley codebreakers who never cracked

By Josh Jackman, December 24, 2014

Most daughters keep secrets from their mothers, but not usually because they are a matter of national security.

During the Second World War, Ruth Bourne, from Birmingham, worked at the codebreaking base at Bletchley Park as one of the team helping Alan Turing crack the Germans’ Enigma code.

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A German who fought for Britain

By Josh Jackman, November 13, 2014

A German-Jewish Second World War soldier has been hailed for displaying "the most astonishing courage" in fighting for Britain against the Axis powers.

Sergeant Rudolf Friedlander fled Germany in 1933, eventually arriving in Britain three years later.

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'How are you going to escape with no radio?'

By Rosa Doherty, November 13, 2014

For 69 years, Jack Mann has refused to talk about what he did in the war.

As a member of the Special Boat Service, his missions behind enemy lines were shrouded in secrecy. Until now, he and his erstwhile comrades have kept those secrets but Private Mann, the last SBS fighter alive, has now spoken about his covert operations.

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Memorial to Jewish fighters

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

The contribution of Jewish servicemen and women in the Second World War is to be recognised at a new museum in Israel.

The Museum of the Jewish Soldier in World War Two at the Yad Lashiryon armed forces memorial will open next May and will honour the more than one-and-a-half million Jews who served in the Allied forces.

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British blamed for botched Palmach raid

By Marc Goldberg, October 31, 2014

British army incompetence was the reason for a botched Second World War raid in which 23 Jewish commandos and a British officer died, according to the former head of an IDF unit responsible for missing soldiers.

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I found Dad's Nazi killer - and shot him dead

By Isabel De Bertodano, October 2, 2014

A man has explained for the first time how he took revenge on the SS killer who had murdered his father during the Second World War.

Yanush Peltz, who was interviewed by filmmakers in Israel, said his father had lived in the Polish city of Kielce during the Holocaust and had been sent to a gas chamber by Hans Gayer, the SS officer in charge of the city.

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Prince Charles honours Holocaust victim in D-Day tribute

By Sandy Rashty, June 6, 2014

The Prince of Wales named a church bell after a Jewish-born philosopher and Shoah victim, at a landmark D-Day commemoration service in France today.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined by international leaders – from US President Barack Obama to UK Prime Minister David Cameron – at the 70th anniversary service for the Second World War landings.

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Prince Charles honours Holocaust victim in D-Day tribute

By Sandy Rashty, June 6, 2014

The Prince of Wales named a church bell after a Jewish-born philosopher and Shoah victim, at a landmark D-Day commemoration service in France today.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined by international leaders – from US President Barack Obama to UK Prime Minister David Cameron – at the 70th anniversary service for the Second World War landings.

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Just don't call us heroes - the brave boys of D-Day

By Daniel Easterman, June 6, 2014

Abba Myer Malin will never forget the moment he escaped death in a German landmine blast.

Mr Malin was a 20-year-old bombardier in the Field Artillery Corps when he landed on the beaches on the second day of the Normandy D-Day landings.

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