Programme 80th D-Day Festival Normandy
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1M ago
Annually, near June 6th, the tourist offices of the Landing Beaches region extend an invitation to celebrate freedom! Amidst the D-Day Festival Normandy, attendees can indulge in a vibrant array of cultural and festive activities commemorating the anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944. The D-Day Festival Normandy spans the entirety of the D-Day coastline and the Battle of Normandy, from Pegasus Bridge to Sainte-Mère-Eglise, encompassing locations like Ouistreham, Arromanches, Pointe du Hoc, and the renowned sectors of Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, an ..read more
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Frank Gubbels Battlefield Guide
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2M ago
Frank Gubbles was motivated by Dr. Stephen Ambrose's acclaimed book and the hit HBO series Band of Brothers, numerous individuals embark on journeys across the globe to trace the path of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the European Theatre of Operations. Exploring the footsteps of Easy Company in Bastogne offers a one-of-a-kind adventure. Immersing oneself in their foxholes, retracing their maneuvers, and listening to personal testimonies is an unforgettable highlight for any WWII enthusiast. In 1994, a military parade commemorating the 50th anniversary marched through Fran ..read more
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Berlins Darkest Years Tour
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3M ago
Embarking on a journey through Berlin's poignant World War 2 sites isn't just about exploring history; it's about connecting with the profound stories etched into the city's landscapes. As a private guide, my mission is to transform each historical location into a living narrative, providing a unique and immersive experience that transcends traditional sightseeing. And if you know where to look, there’s plenty of WW2-related sites all across town. This is why I’ve created a WW2-tour that takes in a bit of everything: bunkers, bullet holes, ruins, Holocaust memorials and even tanks. But let’s s ..read more
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Irish lady whose forecast saved D-Day, dies at 100
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4M ago
Maureen Sweeney, the remarkable Irish woman whose pivotal weather forecast altered the course of the D-Day landings, has passed away at the age of 100. Back in 1944, Maureen and her husband Ted were stationed at a coast guard and weather outpost in Blacksod Bay, County Mayo, along Ireland's western coast. Their responsibility was to diligently record hourly barometer readings in the lead-up to the Allied invasion of Normandy. Their meticulous reports played a crucial role in the decision-making process, leading to the postponement of the invasion due to an impending storm. Maureen herself ment ..read more
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Léon Gautier, last survivor Kieffer commando dies (100)
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10M ago
Léon Gautier was the last survivor of the 177 French who landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944. "To you, to your brothers in arms with whom you landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, 79 years ago, to liberate France, our eternal gratitude". This is how Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Léon Gautier, on June 6, on the occasion of the 79th anniversary of the landing. Last survivor of the Kieffer commando, the only French battalion of D-Day, Léon Gautier, who died at the age of 100, on Monday July 3, 2023, had participated in the ceremony to greet the succession of the commando. In particu ..read more
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Military sites | Then and Now
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10M ago
“I have a pretty good eye for talent and I certainly know a high-quality production when I see one!” Capt. Dale Dye is no stranger to blockbuster movies and popular television shows. Transferring his real-life military experience into a successful and sought-after Hollywood persona, Capt. Dye embodies his on-screen image as an authoritative and confident leader and military commander. Fortunately, he took director Oliver Stone’s advice to “never take an acting lesson” and simply brings his own, confident self when performing on camera. Capt. Dye has appeared in, and served as the technical mil ..read more
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HOLOCAUST HiSTORIES podcasts
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10M ago
My name is Jonathan Bonder. I'm the producer of Holocaust Histories a new podcast series. Each episode in the first season features a boxer with a different nationality and unique experience during the Holocaust. The stories are remarkable, and for the most part - unknown. The podcast utilizes professional Sound Design and music to enhance the listening experience. The latest episode features the story of Noah Klieger from Strasbourg. The podcast has been featured in a news article by the JTA, Australian Jewish News, and the Greek Reporter. The podcast was also named one of the best Jewish Pod ..read more
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Benjamin Ferencz, last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor, dies at 103
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1y ago
Benjamin Berell Ferencz (March 11, 1920 - Boynton Beach Florida, April 7, 2023) was an American lawyer. He was an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and the chief prosecutor for the United States Army at the Einsatzgruppen Trial, one of the 12 Subsequent Nuremberg Trials held by the U.S. authorities at Nuremberg, Germany. Later, he became an advocate of international rule of law and for the establishment of an International Criminal Court. From 1985 to 1996, he was adjunct professor of international law at Pace University. Ten months after Benjamin Ferencz was born in a small v ..read more
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WW2 in color 
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1y ago
In the four-part series WO2 IN COLOR colourist Jakob Lagerweij brings the Second World War to life in a masterful way. Part 1 begins with the horrors of the First World War, the ominous outcome of which will be the prelude to WW2. The rise of Adolf Hitler, who takes Germany under the grip of Nazism, the mobilization in the Netherlands and Belgium and the German invasion in May 1940 are extensively and penetratingly shown and described, up to the Battle of France, the Miracle of Dunkirk and the first months of the war in the Netherlands and Belgium, in which the occupier still tries to mak ..read more
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Stumbling block challenge
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1y ago
On November 9th 1938 was the peak of the so called November pogroms in Nazi Germany. A series of massive riots against the Jewish population. At the end over 7.000 Jewish business were either plundered or devastated. Over half of the synagoges were destroyed and over 30.000 Jews were imprisoned. On November 9th, the Neuengamme Memorial in Germany one of the main initiators of this noble undertaking, wants to get as many people across Europe to either clean a "Stolperestein" or "Struikelsteen" in Dutch or "Stumbling block" in English. If you do not have a "Stolperstein" in your area you could l ..read more
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