All posts tagged World War II


Villagers unite in wartime rescue

IN December 1942, the Nazis decided the remote mountain village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in the Auvergne region of central-eastern France, would be the ideal place for convalescing German soldiers. Accordingly, the walking wounded were installed in a hotel in Le …

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Wartime drama in French Alps

MOVIE REVIEW by Don Perlgut. The new movie of the iconic French children’s story Belle and Sebastian has added a fascinating sub-theme of Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis


Brundibar opera of hope

FOR the past 17 years, ethnomusicologist Dr Joseph Toltz has been researching the music of the Terezin ghetto (Theresienstadt) and the place of the Brundibar opera in the


A twist of fate

FOR author Ben Elton, it was an amazing family story that he has wanted to tell for decades, but it was only in recent years that he felt


Gleitzman’s final chapter in Holocaust series

SETTING a novel for children around World War II and the Holocaust may seem surprising, yet author Morris Gleitzman has found it a winning formula, with his series


Spirit of a wartime hero

NOT long before he left England for good, Mark Dapin spent a significant amount of time with his grandfather and his grandfather’s last-surviving war buddies, “just drinking”. The stories

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