My grandfather had a cousin whose whole family was wiped out during The Blitz. My family had suffered greatly along with everybody else during WW2. Yet this had not stopped my grandparents taking two German POWs into their homes following the end of the war whilst they (the POWs) had awaited repatriation. My grandparents had grown to be very fond of them both. My grandfather had regarded them simply as two young men a long way from home. He had treated them how he might have liked a son of his own to be treated (had he been blessed with one), if they had fallen into enemy hands. Eventually the two Germans were forced to return to Germany. It had not been a prospect which they had relished. They had even begged my Grandfather to help them stay in Britain. Unfortunately Granddad had not had the resources to help them.I may write about this further in a later post.

My grandparents had once told me the story of a bomb which had been dropped, which had not contained explosives. It had contained instead little goodwill messages from the German munitions workers. Who knows how many lives their brave actions had saved.

German Munitions Factory in WW2

Source:Huntley Film Archives

Following their return to Germany the two POWs(See Above) had continued to communicate with my Grandparents. I still have the letters and photos which they sent from Germany. I never recall any family members expressing personal animosity towards the Germans over WW2.

Don’t mention the war-Fawlty TowersSource:BBC Comedy Greats

However the contempt for Lord Haw-Haw continues even today, 71 years after his execution. My father would imitate Lord Haw-Haw and his familiar”Germany Calling, Germany Calling,” and somehow this dark catchphrase had instilled fear in me also.The Trial of Lord Haw-Haw

City Lies In Dust – Siouxie and The Banshees

Source: Siouxie and The Banshees

Apparently politicians falling from grace is bit of a theme in their songs.

Dear Prudence was according to Wikipedia, originally written about

Prudence Farrow

Prudence Farrow Talks About Meditation and Inspiring The Beatles Song

Some consider the Devil Has All The Good music.

Devil Woman

I respectfully disagree.

Morning Has Broken-Cat Stevens

Clive Anderson looks at a variety of famous or infamous cases and retells the story that the case brought into the public eye. In this programme he explores the 1945 trial of William Joyce – Lord Haw-Haw – for High Treason. Featuring Professor Colin Holmes, Geoffrey Robertson QC and Professor Jean Seaton.

There is something deeply sinister about propaganda. Weapons may attack the body but propaganda attacks the mind.Source:Amazing Pudding

War-Edwin Starr

Come Together – Bèatles

However I do understand that WW2 was, unlike WW1, a war which was absolutely justified and which probably saved the Jewish race.

Esther 4:14


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