Second World War

Eric Pickles honours UK Holocaust hero

By Sandy Rashty, March 1, 2013

Community Secretary Eric Pickles has pinpointed “the tiny acts of kindness that undermined the Nazi killing machine,” as he presented a Holocaust Hero’s Award to family members of a British prisoner of war who helped save a 16-year-old Jewish girl from the Nazis.

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Desperately seeking Netta Rose

By Anna Sheinman, February 18, 2013

Rifleman Alec Jay went to war on May 22 1940. Five days later at the siege of Calais, any clues to his Jewish identity were hastily buried in the French sand as he was taken prisoner by the Germans, spending five years in captivity.

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UN Palestine expert Falk: Hamas like French resistance

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2013

The United Nation's Palestine expert has compared Hamas terrorists to fighters with the French resistance during the Holocaust.

Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, made the comments in a piece posted on the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine website.

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Spies and silence: When politics is put before justice

By Helen Fry, January 21, 2013

With the huge success of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, and celebrations last year of the 50th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s blockbuster creation, fascination with all things relating to spies is trendy again. Of course, to get nearer to the truth of the gritty underworld that protects our shores we would do better to pick up a John le Carré novel.

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Shul find brings recognition for wartime heroes

By Jay Grenby, November 19, 2012

Families of 11 Harrow Jewish servicemen who died during the Second World War have been brought together by the chance discovery of a long-lost memorial board at Pinner Synagogue.

The wooden memorial was found at the back of a rarely-accessed storeroom underneath a stairwell during refurbishment work.

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They did their bit - the story of three centuries of heroism

By Simon Round, November 15, 2012

Sadly, there are not many Jews who fought in the Second World War who are still able to march. But those who can will be polishing their medals to parade down Whitehall on Sunday, in honour of their comrades who fell in the 1939-45 conflict and those before and since.

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Cruelty and injustice in postwar Europe

By Anne Applebaum, November 12, 2012

For the British, who came home to a country at peace, it has always been hard to understand what happened after the Second World War in Eastern Europe. In Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, there was no joyous liberation or triumphant parades: Soldiers, prisoners and refugees returned home to towns still consumed by ethnic, political and criminal violence.

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Ordinary people in hell

By David Cesarani, October 18, 2012

British military historians are in the vanguard of a genre that has been given new life. Today, it is as much about the routine experience of servicemen and women as it is about strategy and tactics. Nazi ideology and the fate of the Jews is integrated into the narrative and informs analysis of decisions made at the highest to the lowest levels.

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Roma genocide remembered in Sweden

By Nathalie Rothschild, August 9, 2012

Representatives of the Swedish Jewish community last week took part in a memorial ceremony marking the anniversary of the “Night of the Gypsies”, or Zigeunernacht. Between August 2 and 3, 1944, around 3,000 Roma were sent to their deaths in Auschwitz.

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Honour for brave MI5 spy Frank Foley at London cemetery

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

A “true British hero” of the Holocaust who risked his life to save 10,000 German Jews has had his bravery marked at a Jewish cemetery.

The plaque honouring Major Frank Foley has been placed at the entrance to Hoop Lane cemetery in Golders Green, in the hope that his story will be remembered by the Jewish community in the years to come.

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