Second World War

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.


Bringing wartime shul back to life

March 3, 2016

In 1941, a shul was opened in Macclesfield to accommodate the wartime evacuees who swelled the Jewish population of the Cheshire market town to 200-plus. But they left when the war ended and the synagogue closed in 1946.


Moldovans to dig up grave

By Julie Masis, March 3, 2016

Volunteers in Moldova are getting ready to dig up a grave that is rumoured to contain the bodies of Jews murdered during the Second World War.

The Moldovan community group August - whose members normally search for the remains of Soviet soldiers - will, for the first time, excavate a civilian massacre site, said Vasilii Senicovschii, the leader of the organisation.


Revealed: shame of the Nazi who hated the Nazis

By Nissan Tzur, January 7, 2016

"Those animals. I would like to throw some of those dogs under the tram."

Wilm Hosenfeld, the Nazi officer who famously saved the life of musician Wldyslaw Szpilman - an act commemorated in Roman Polanski's Holocaust film The Pianist - could not bear his anger towards his fellow soldiers.


The numbers are up for Ajex's big parade

By Naomi Firsht, November 12, 2015

The Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women's annual parade will be commanded by a Jewish serving officer, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Soskin of the Grenadier Guards, for the first time in recent history.