Thursday, 3 September 2009

Memories of the Second World War

by Kathryn Hadley

Over the past few days, headlines have been filled with news of events and ceremonies to remember the outbreak of the Second World War. Seventy years on, from those who saw action in Europe and the Pacific, to those who stayed behind and fought to preserve a semblance of normality in their lives shattered by war, and to the children who were sent away from their families, memories of the Second World War are extremely diverse. To mark the anniversary, many newspapers have published memories of the Second World War on their websites. Here is a small selection…

In the international online edition of Der Spiegel, former German President Richard von Weizs├Ącker discusses his memories of the Second World War and the role of his father, Ernst, as a senior official in the Foreign Ministry.

In an article published on the website of The Telegraph, six women who lived through the conflict remember how it affected and changed their lives forever.

In ‘Watching the start of World War II’ published on the website of the BBC, Ignacy Skowron recalls his experience of the German attack on Danzig on September 1st 1939, as a 24 year-old soldier defending the military transit depot on the Westerplatte peninsula.

In 'Child evacuees relive their WW2', three former child evacuees describe their memories of the evacuation.

The BBC has also published some of the quotes of world leaders, including Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, David Miliband, Donald Tusk and Barack Obama, during the ceremonies on Tuesday in Poland to remember the German invasion.


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