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Why the British Still Talk About the ‘Dunkirk Spirit’

Why the British Still Talk About the ‘Dunkirk Spirit’

The events portrayed in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, released on Friday, are among the most famous in the history of the 20th century. Over eight days in May 1940, hundreds of thousands of Allied

Review: “Dunkirk,” A War Movie About Patriotic Ciphers

Richard Brody reviews Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” a movie about the British evacuation of France during the Second World War.
Hitler joined Nazis only after another far-right group shunned him

Hitler joined Nazis only after another far-right group shunned him

Professor suggests history could have taken different path if Hitler had not been rejected by German Socialist partyAdolf Hitler only joined the Nazis after being rejected by another political party,
Tom Joyce obituary

Tom Joyce obituary

My father, Tom Joyce, who has died aged 99, grew up in the west of Ireland, and his earliest memories were of the Black and Tans during the Irish war of independence in 1921. He recalled how nobody
Plan to name German train after Anne Frank condemned

Plan to name German train after Anne Frank condemned

Critics say use of diarist’s name by national rail Deutsche Bahn provider conjures painful images of persecution of JewsPlans by Germany’s national rail provider to name a train after the diarist Anne
The world's biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks

The world's biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks

Exclusive: the unmarked graves of thousands of sailors are threatened by illegal metal salvagers By Oliver Holmes, Monica Ulmanu and Simon RobertsDozens of warships believed to contain the remains of
Marrow escape: report of wartime bomb in Germany leads to courgette discovery

Marrow escape: report of wartime bomb in Germany leads to courgette discovery

Officers near Karlsruhe said 16in zucchini ‘really did look very like a bomb’Unexploded wartime bombs often found in construction work in GermanyA worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he
Find a better site for Holocaust memorial in London | Letters

Find a better site for Holocaust memorial in London | Letters

Plans for a Holocaust memorial close to the Thames in central London are criticised by Patricia Hollis, Michael Daley and Quetta Kaye and Alice Roberts, while Michael Madden suggests a simpler form of
Spy mystery of British sisters who helped Jewish refugees flee the Nazis

Spy mystery of British sisters who helped Jewish refugees flee the Nazis

Producers of biopic tell of CIA files on opera-loving secretaries Ida and Louise Cook who repeatedly flew to Germany to rescue refugeesThe extraordinary story of two British sisters who became
Yvonne Burney obituary

Yvonne Burney obituary

Second world war British agent who enabled parachute drops of arms into occupied FranceYvonne Burney, who has died aged 95, was a wireless operator for the clandestine Special Operations Executive
Lest we forget what Remembrance Day should really be about | Letters

Lest we forget what Remembrance Day should really be about | Letters

Readers respond to Simon Jenkins’s piece saying that we should move on from the 20th-century obsession with commemorating warI have a long-held and deeply sympathetic understanding of the issues

Call of Duty, Wolfenstein, and the Joy of Killing Virtual Nazis

Simon Parkin reviews “Call of Duty: WWII” and “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus,” two recent Nazi-themed video games, in light of the resurgence of white nationalism.
“Britain did not fight the Second World War, the British Empire did”

“Britain did not fight the Second World War, the British Empire did”

During the Allied invasion of Italy in early September 1943, an Indian lieutenant wrote a letter to his beloved. Here I am penning this to…
My great-grandparents died in the Holocaust but now I want German citizenship

My great-grandparents died in the Holocaust but now I want German citizenship

After the 2016 referendum, something new popped on to my to-do list, usually appearing somewhere after Take back library books and before Book dentist appointment: Apply for German citizenship.My
Remembrance Sunday: Britain Remembers the Fallen

Remembrance Sunday: Britain Remembers the Fallen

LONDON (AP) - Prince Charles has led Britain's annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony for war dead, taking the role held for more than six decades by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Guardian view on white nationalism: a rising danger | Editorial

The Guardian view on white nationalism: a rising danger | Editorial

Almost a century after the end of ‘the war to end all wars’, Europe is in danger of forgetting lessons from the 20th centuryIn Britain, 11 November is known as Armistice Day, but in Poland the same
Commoners can wear corduroy trousers too | Brief letters

Commoners can wear corduroy trousers too | Brief letters

Yvonne Burney obituary | Italian CDs | Misuse of fortuitous | ‘Middle-class’ cords | Winter fuel allowanceJuliette Pattinson’s fascinating obituary of the remarkably courageous Yvonne Burney (11
The Rev David Haggan obituary

The Rev David Haggan obituary

My father-in-law, David Haggan, who has died aged 91, was born into a modest Belfast background but liked to say that he had a privileged childhood.Growing up with two brothers and two sisters in
Jeanne Brousse obituary

Jeanne Brousse obituary

Member of the French resistance who risked her life to save Jewish familiesAs a young woman in occupied France during the second world war, Jeanne Brousse, who has died aged 96, risked her own life to
Joy Lofthouse, second world war pilot and trailblazer, dies at 94

Joy Lofthouse, second world war pilot and trailblazer, dies at 94

Lofthouse was one of the ‘Atagirls’ who flew aircraft including Spitfires from factories to the frontlineThe trailblazing second world war pilot Joy Lofthouse, who flew bombers and fighter aircraft