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British soldiers in Helmond, the Netherlands

22Nov

British soldiers in Helmond, the Netherlands

Helmond is a town in the south of the Netherlands, just east of Eindhoven. It was liberated on the 25th of September 1944 during one of the flanking operations of operation Market Garden. After its liberation, the town was used as a rest centre for allied soldiers, mainly British. They where quartered in schools, but mostly at the homes of the civilians. Some signed their names on pieces of paper, others sent lengthy letters after they left. We've compiled a list of names that we came across and encourage British family members to contact us.

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Researchers discover WWII sewers where Jews hid to escape Holocaust

28Oct

Researchers discover WWII sewers where Jews hid to escape Holocaust

Ukrainian researchers have discovered the hiding place of Jews in the Lwów sewer made famous in Agnieszka Holland's Oscar-nominated film In Darkness.

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Illegal murders in Auschwitz

20Oct

Illegal murders in Auschwitz

WWII specialist Kevin Prenger wrote: 'A Judge in Auschwitz' about SS judge Konrad Morgen. In 1943, this judge paid a visit to concentration camp Auschwitz in order to investigate malpractices in the camp – as strange as it may sound. The occasion was a parcel, sent from the camp and containing chunks of gold and which was intercepted by customs. In the camp, Morgen discovered this smuggling affair was the tip of an iceberg: camp guards in their masses were guilty of theft and corruption. Whereas in the gas chambers of Nazi-Germany millions of Jews are being killed, Morgen is engaged in gathering evidence of 'illegal' murders. The Dutch History website Historiek.net questioned author Kevin Prenger about his remarkable book.

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New book about SS Judge Konrad Morgen published

20Oct

New book about SS Judge Konrad Morgen published

In October 2021 Pen & Sword Books published a book written by TracesOfWar volunteer Kevin Prenger. It is titled A Judge in Auschwitz and tells about Konrad Morgen's crusade against SS corruption & 'illegal' murder in the concentration camps. It has already been published successfully in Dutch and Polish. This English version was translated by Arnold W. Palthe, also a contributor of this website.

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Arnhem veterans Sam Kendrick and Victor Gregg passed away

12Oct

Arnhem veterans Sam Kendrick and Victor Gregg passed away

British Arnhem veteran Sam Kendrick passed away on Sunday 10 October in Ireland. He turned 96 years old. On September 17, 1944, Sam landed with the British 1st Airborne Division at Renkum. He was taken prisoner of war during the Battle of Arnhem.

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WWII was above all won by the blood and sacrifice of the Soviet people

10Oct

WWII was above all won by the blood and sacrifice of the Soviet people

Russia’s losses during the Second World War were beyond imagination and touched the lives of an entire population caught between a brutal and murderous invader and a ruthless leadership at home. Soviet victory over the Nazis, which effectively won the war, according to the author, was the end result of effort and sacrifice by the ordinary millions who were totally committed to saving their motherland'. The humanity of the ordinary Soviet citizen in uniform is often forgotten because of later Cold War narratives propagated East and West for differing ideological reasons. With Red Star at War Colin Turbett seeks to redress these imbalances. We asked him some questions about his book by e-mail.

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