Thursday, July 22, 2010
Commemorating July 16 in Nice
This ceremony commemorates the infamous "Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv' " in Paris, which took place on July 16, 1942, and which rounded up all the Jews, French and foreign, whose names were on the lists at the Commissariats.
The ceremony in Nice took place on the platform of the railway station where the Jews who were arrested in Nice and its area were put on trains and deported, first to Drancy, near Paris, then
to Auschwitz or other death camps. Very few came back to Nice.
There were speeches made by the representative of the state, and by the leaders of various associations, calling for tolerance, and remembrance.
This year, for the first time, the event was cordoned off by the police, and noone was allowed near unless they presented some credentials. It goes to show that the situation in France is not
peaceful, and that there is a lot to fear from all sorts of fanatics and extremists.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Maximilian Kolbe, an Auschwitz martyr
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Voices of the Holocaust
Sunday, July 04, 2010
WW2 Heroes of Frizington
WW2 Heroes of Arlecdon
|Arlecdon War Memorial, St Michael's Churchyard|
Arlecdon parish in West Cumbria is mainly made up of three small villages: Arlecdon, Asby and Rowrah and a few scattered houses. Traditionally a relatively peaceful place where people earned a crust by farming or mining, it is about as far away from battlefields and war that one can imagine. Nevertheless, like almost every town and village in Western Europe there is a war memorial to commemorate the Fallen of the World Wars.
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San Francisco U.N. Conference, May 1945
Thursday, July 01, 2010
RAF Millom Museum, Cumbria
This is link to the websiite of RAF Millom:
RAF Millom Museum
It is definitely worth a look, and contains much useful information for anyone with an interest in the RAF during and after WW2, the war years in Cumbria and WW2 generally.