Grandad’s story: World War II
Jun17

Grandad’s story: World War II

A few months ago, my mum gave me some writing from my uncle, all about my Grandad – partly my uncle’s own memories and partly family history research. I shared the first part earlier this week and you can also read my own memories of my Granny and Grandad here. This post is all about my Grandad and World War II. I’m not sharing my uncle’s writing word for word, as they are not my words to share, but I will...

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Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
Oct08

Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

So much of our knowledge of the Second World War and the persecution of the Jews is defined by The Diary of Anne Frank. This incredible story of an ordinary Jewish girl and her family hiding from the Germans has moved generations of people worldwide. When we went to Amsterdam, I knew we had to visit the Anne Frank House. It’s hard to describe the experience. It is so moving. From the first quote from the diary displayed on the...

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Remembrance Sunday
Nov09

Remembrance Sunday

This morning I watched proudly as my daughter, representing Rainbows, placed a poppy on a small wooden cross next to the war memorial in our village churchyard. She was the youngest person at the small service and looked like a ray of sunshine in her bright red Rainbows uniform, with her long, blonde hair shining in the sunlight. Her behaviour throughout was impeccable. She stood quietly, not fidgeting. No doubt she didn’t...

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Hitler, Japanese smokers and builders
Jun23

Hitler, Japanese smokers and builders

B1 has studied World War 2 at school, so sometimes he talks about Hitler. Sometimes he talks about Japanese people smoking – and why wouldn’t you?! It’s just an everyday topic of conversation. And some other random, weird stuff from my kids… B1 age 9 3/4: B2 kicked me. Me: Why did he kick you? B1: Because I said he loved Hitler. B1 age 9 3/4: What would happen if you took the screen off the telly? LG age 5 (she...

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