Tuesday, April 29, 2014



MAY is the time for celebrations in France, too. May 8, of course, and before that May 1st. And before that comes the day when the nation remembers all the victims of deportation during WW2. Résistants, FTP (Francs Tireurs et Partisans), Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals... everyone whose life ended in a concentration camp. 
It is called : Journée Nationale du Souvenir de la Déportation. 

This year, its date was April 27, and in schools throughout the country students were informed of its symbolic value, and made to reflect on the events that justify its being celebrated. 

This year too, in the small town called LE CANNET, near the more famous city of Cannes, a new plaque was put up to honor, not just the victims, but the RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS, without whom so many Jewish people would have been among the dead.  The names of those who were given that title in Le Cannet are on the plaque, of course. 

It took a lot of work on the part of the various associations involved, and of course the cooperation of the city council, but eventually it happened, and last Sunday, a very moving ceremony saw the unveiling of the plaque.  

The ceremony started off with a moment of silence (and a few short speeches, too) in front of the first plaque that had been put in the beautiful gardens of the Tivoli. This particular plaque is there thanks to the hard work of the members of an association called AMEJDAM (Association pour la Mémoire des Enfants Juifs Déportés des Alpes Maritimes), who dig into various archives to find the names of the children, and remind the world that these children were once alive in this city, as in others. In Le Cannet, the youngest victim, Nicole Mittelstein, was only 16 months old...

Of course, all the elements of such ceremonies were there, and as usual wreathes of flowers were laid down by the "Monument aux morts". 

AMEJDAM's was a pink one.

May the righteous and the victims never be forgotten. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Treatment of the B.E.F.'s severely wounded

1.  The chapel of the 'Faculté Catholique', Lille
[Where wounded O.R.'s of the 1940 B.E.F. were treated]
 2. British wounded P.O.W.s at Rouen (1942) 
[Photograph courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News']
3. Sgt. Tom Rimmer (left) and L/Cpl. John Gill (right) 
(Two of the severely wounded soldiers of the 1940 B.E.F.)

[Photograph courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News']

 4. Gibraltar (North Front), a wartime sanctuary
(From La Línea de la Concepción, Spain) 
[Destination for many of the British P.O.W. escapers]
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Marine James Todd, R.M., HMS Curacoa

 Marine James Todd, R.M., of Ravenglass (HMS Curacoa)
[Photograph courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News']
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Interned in Vichy France

British internees in Vichy France (March 1942)
[Courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News']

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Bootle War Memorial, Cumbria

1. St Michael's Parish Church, Bootle, Cumbria
2. The Bootle Charter Cross of 1897
3. Bootle War Memorial, St Michael's Churchyard

4. WW1 and WW2 memorial tablets on the war memorial

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Sergeant John James Rudd, R.A. (1912 - 1944)

1.  Two photographs of John J. Rudd, R.A. (1912 - 1944)
2.  Father and son: John James Rudd with his son Jake
3.  Christmas greetings from Singapore (December 1941)

4.  Commemorative scroll from King George VI
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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Ivan F. Renwick, Border Regiment and R.T.R.

 1. Private Ivan Frank Renwick, Border Regiment 
(Photograph dated 10 April 1940)
 2. Corporal Ivan Frank Renwick, Royal Tank Regiment
 3. Corporal Ivan Frank Renwick (2nd right) and pals
 (With the Great Sphinx of Giza & Pyramid of Khafre)
[Photograph dated 4 June 1944]
4. Dunkirk Veterans Association Certificate
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