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Celebrities fall silent for Remembrance Day #TwoMinuteSilence video

November 9th, 2015

The Royal British Legion released a celebrity-filled video reminding members of the public about the two minutes silence taking place on November 11th.

Jools Holland, Lord Sugar, Jessica Ennis and Olly Murrs are all notable people to appear in the 2minute video.

The Royal British Legion said they were “please to welcome the support of host of famous faces.”

Jessica Ennis appears on Remembrance video

Remembrance Day is commemorated every year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – remembering all those who gave their lives in war.


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Did a Nazi bomb fall near your house?

April 8th, 2015

More than 30,000 bombs fell in London during the blitz, but not all of them exploded.

Last week, 1,200 residents had to leave their homes in Bermondsey, London, after a 1,000lb Nazi bomb was discovered in the area. A few days later, a resident brought an old artillery shell into a police station in Bourne, Lincolnshire. Later that week, a gardener handed in yet another unexploded bomb in Goole.

But given the huge number of bombs the Nazis dropped on Britain, it isn’t surprising that we’re still finding remnants 70 years later. The map above, compiled using data from bombsight.org, shows the locations where bombs fell in London during the blitz. Was your street affected? Scroll through our map and zoom in to get a sense of where the bombs fell during World War Two.


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Night Will Fall: ‘superb if harrowing’

January 25th, 2015

So many images assail us daily, we can overlook the profound importance of some. I still remember the first footage I saw of Nazi concentration camps on the TV history series The World at War back in the Seventies. Engraved on memory, images that informed later history lessons at school, a trip to Dachau in adulthood, meeting concentration camp survivors in Israel.

The importance of making such images, and getting them out to the world, was the subject of Night Will Fall (Channel 4), a superb if harrowing documentary that told the story of the military film units that recorded the hidden nightmare of camps like Belsen, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau and many others as they were being discovered by advancing British, American and Russian troops in the later stages of the Second World War.

On one level this was a film about a film: German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, put together in 1945 by the head of Britain’s wartime film department, Sidney Bernstein (with help from director Alfred Hitchcock among others), even as the footage was emerging, in order that the world might never forget – or have the opportunity to deny – what had happened in the camps.

Commissioned as Britain’s official film about the Nazi atrocities, it was shelved for being too “politically sensitive” and only reassembled for the first time in 70 years by a team at the Imperial War Museum last year. Clips shown here featured not only some of the most disturbing footage ever recorded, but also images of German civilians forced to acknowledge what had been done in their name and, uniquely, the Allies’ efforts to help survivors recover. In some cases, it is the only remaining evidence we have of what occurred. Shots of warehouses full of human hair, toys, suitcases and teeth bore blank witness to the industrialisation of evil. “If one in 10 men wear glasses, how many lives does this heap represent?” asked the narrator over a mountain of tangled wire-framed spectacles.

No doubt Bernstein’s film was “a forgotten masterpiece of British documentary cinema”. But art is not the point here, and much of the footage was used in the shorter American release, Death Mills (1945), directed by Billy Wilder. The wider story of the film as told in Night Will Fall is just as important: the memories, still raw after seven decades, of men who actually shot the film and helped clear the camps; the trauma of witnessing some of humanity’s worst crimes. Testimony, too, from camp survivors and how the rest of the world slowly woke up to what had been done.

As just one of a number of superb films in the ongoing Holocaust memorial season, and commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Night Will Fall stands alongside the likes of Laurence Rees’s extraordinarily moving Touched by Auschwitz and The Eichmann Show, as a vital reminder of the continuing importance of testimony and remembrance.


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Berlin Wall anniversary: photographs from the symbolic rise and fall of the Iron Curtain

November 7th, 2014

November 9, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here, we take a look through some of the best photographs from the rise and fall of the ‘Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart’

West Berlin citizens continuing their vigil atop the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on November 10 1989

Picture: Reuters


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