Second World War

Spy network unearthed in Kenton

By Cathy Forman, September 22, 2016

Kenton Synagogue ladies guild held a luncheon with guest of honour,historian and authoress Helen Fry. Co-chair Lynn Stock welcomed the 100-plus guests to enjoy a delicious meal before introducing Dr Fry whose talk was entitled “Spying on Hitler’s Army”.


Family buries a lost son, 75 years after jungle tragedy

By Moira Schneider, September 8, 2016

The nephew of a Second World War gunner whose plane crashed on Mount Kenya 75 years ago has said that his family could finally complete their mourning and bury him after hearing only last month that his remains had been discovered.

The bodies of rear gunner Simon Eliastam and his three South African Air Force colleagues were found by a jungle logger in 2002.


Wandering into printed posterity

By Jenni Frazer, August 11, 2016

We've all been there, when we think about our grandparents: too often, we have left it too late to ask the right questions, and a generation's secrets and stories disappear.

But, in the past few years, some families have taken matters beyond the pedestrian question-and-answer and, instead, publish entire books about their history.


Island remembers hell of war

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2016

Susan Freeman had not been to the Isle of Man since she was born there in December 1940.

But last weekend a historic commemoration in which she has a personal stake finally drew her back.


They shall not pass

By Colin Shindler, July 14, 2016

For some people, life was split in two on June 22 1941, for some on September 3 1939 and for others on July 18 1936.

So wrote the Soviet Jewish writer, Ilya Ehrenburg about the start of war against Nazi Germany.


Kindertransport refugees return to town that first welcomed them

By Charlotte Oliver, July 7, 2016

One by one, they disembarked, holding on to each other for support.

Slowly, cautiously, they shuffled down the platform at Harwich Parkeston Quay International station; every step they took a victory for survival against the odds.


Hundreds honour Kindertransport hero Sir Nicholas Winton

By Josh Jackman, May 19, 2016

Dame Esther Rantzen has hailed Sir Nicholas Winton as “a hero” who “proved that one person can make such a difference” during a moving memorial service for the Holocaust hero.

Around 400 people attended the service this afternoon, including 28 of the 669 mostly Jewish children who Sir Nicholas helped escape from Czechoslovakia to Britain.


France honours D-Day veteran

By Josh Jackman, May 9, 2016


Call for new museum to honour the secret listeners who spied on the Nazis

April 21, 2016

Campaigners are fighting to preseve the site where intelligence about the Holocaust was gathered by German Jewish refugees from high-ranking Nazis.

Trent Park mansion, in north London, was used as a prisoner of war camp during the Second World War, for 59 senior German generals, including Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess.


French honour D-Day veteran who was at Nuremberg trials

By Naomi Firsht, March 10, 2016

A Second World War veteran who was present at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals is to be awarded France's highest accolade, the Legion of Honour.

Leslie Sutton, 91, served as a corporal in the RAF and took part in the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy.