Thursday, July 22, 2010

the ceremony in Nice, July 18, 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

Father Maximilian Kolbe
Thanks to: Deportation & Resistance Museum, Tarbes, France
Photographed from the Aushwitz concentration camp display
[Taken with permission, August 2009]

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Voices of the Holocaust


'The Gas Chambers existed'
Photographs and citations from the WW2 Holocaust
(Part of the display in the Holocaust and Deportation Museum, Tarbes, France)

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

WW2 Heroes of Frizington

Frizington Village War Memorial, Cumbria 

Frizington (St Joseph's) R.C. War Memorial
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WW2 Heroes of Arlecdon

Arlecdon War Memorial, St Michael's Churchyard
Arlecdon War Memorial in 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

Scenes from in and around San Francisco:
The Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, Cable Car

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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.