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DISCOVERING JUDITH KERR and WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT In November 2013, the BBC in the UK screened a programme called Hitler, the Tiger and Me about the children’s writer and illustrator Judith Kerr OBE. I am ashamed to say … Continue reading

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DEFENDING THE MONUMENTS MEN George Clooney’s film The Monuments Men opened in the UK  to generally poor reviews a couple of weeks ago. The story was based on fact and followed seven men (later eight) who tried to recover billions … Continue reading

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THE SECOND WORLD WAR and THE EUROPEAN UNION

In the summer of 1945, Germany lay in ruins. Millions were dead either in battle, through persecution or as a result of allied bombing raids. The transport structure had been almost totally destroyed, there was a desperate shortage of food … Continue reading

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VENGEANCE and THE SECOND WORLD WAR   I make no apologies in saying that the majority of detail in this post  comes from Keith Lowe’s superlative book Savage Continent, Europe in the aftermath of World War II. Growing up in … Continue reading

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Writing TWO FAMILIES AT WAR

By the end of September, I hope to submit the manuscript of my second novel Two Families at War to my publisher. I’m almost satisfied with it (my editor may think otherwise!). This is the fourth draft of a novel … Continue reading

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THE BEST OF OUR SPIES by ALEX GERLIS:

THE BEST OF OUR SPIES by ALEX GERLIS: Review Alex Gerliis’ first novel starts with a bang and keeps the reader gripped until the final page. The setting is the Second World War in Europe, mostly in the time before, … Continue reading

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COLLABORATION IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

In recent years there has been a surfeit of films and books which have either tackled the issue of collaboration in the Second World War or used it as a backdrop to the plot of a narrative. I’ve been aware … Continue reading

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Thoughts on IRON CURTAIN by Anne Applebaum

When I was twelve years old, the water polo teams of Hungary and the USSR fought, quite literally, a brutal match during the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. I asked my father why there was such hatred in the pool … Continue reading

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Cliveden and the seeds of appeasement

Cliveden, a large country house not far from Maidenhead in England, will always be associated for me with the part it played in the events leading to the Munich agreement at the end of September 1938. Today it is owned … Continue reading

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