Second World War

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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Our debt to Britain over Belsen

By Karen Pollock, April 11, 2014

Almost 69 years ago today, Norman Turgel, a soldier in the British Army, met the woman whom he immediately knew he would marry. Just days later, they were engaged.

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Wartime friends reunited: 71 years after fleeing the Blitz

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

When a four-year-old evacuee returned to his Hackney home after fleeing the Blitz, he received a letter from the well-to-do prep school boy who had become his wartime best-friend.

But despite his mother’s insistence, Barry Spencer never replied. It was a decision he came to regret for more than 70 years.

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Letters reveal life of a Jewish soldier fighting for Germany

By Andrea Edan, February 6, 2014

Two years before the Second World War broke out, Otto Meyer prepared five potassium cyanide capsules, one for himself, one for his wife, and one for each of his three children.

But luck was on his side. By the end of 1937, he managed to wind up his affairs, sell his machine factory in Rheda and take his family to Palestine before the onset of the Holocaust. The capsules remained unused.

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Year Zero: A History of 1945

By David Cesarani, January 20, 2014

Year Zero: A History of 1945
By Ian Buruma
Atlantic Books, £25

Several books on the end of the Second World War have been published recently, but Ian Buruma's is distinctive by virtue of its scope and personal tone. Buruma adopts a global perspective, framed by the story of his own family.

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