the Panel of Elders
- THE WARSAW SCHOOLBOY - Jan Mokrzycki
remembers the events
of the early war years; the defeat and dismemberment of first,
his country, then his family (his father and grandfather to be
shot by the Gestapo, his mother to be sent to Auschwitz).
- THE LONDON SCHOOLBOY - Tom Holloway
lived in London throughout
the blitz and remembers seeing American soldiers for the
first time "with their strange clothes and amazing build -
like Martians...". He now runs an Email Charity for children
with special needs.
- THE VIENNESE SCHOOLGIRL - Lotte Evans
lives in Melbourne,
Australia, but remembers her schooldays in Vienna vividly,
and the discrimination because of a jewish great-grandmother.
- THE DUTCH SCHOOLBOY - Kees Vanderheyden describes life under the German occupation. "The war was very
literally in my backyard with a German General's staff, his
radio listening post, the allied airmen hidden far away in the
garden, and later the Canadian military field hospital in our
living room with blood and wounded soldiers around us."
- THE BERLIN SCHOOLBOY - Eberhard Weber lived in Berlin during the
war and remembers during one period "spending more time in
the shelter than out of it". He now lives in California, USA.
- THE POLISH EXILE - Feliks Chustecki
was Headteacher of a Polish
school in Coventry and is now retired. During the war he was
deported with his family to a slave labor
camp. In 1944 he arrived in England
(via Tajikistan and Persia) to train as a pilot in the Polish Air Force.
- THE SURVIVOR - In 1942 Dr Janina Parafjanowicz saw her
husband and father taken to the notorious PAWIAK Gestapo
Headquarters, where they were summarily shot. She herself was
later to go to to Auschwitz, an experience that she survived.
You can read her story if you click here.
- THE AMERICAN SOLDIER - Phil Bernheim was in England during
1943/44 and recalls "the awesome sight of airplanes
from horizon to horizon on D-Day...". He lives in South
- THE CROATIAN SOLDIER - as a teenager,
Zvonko Springer was forced
into a German Uniform and made to fight. He survived the
'Croation Death March' of soldiers who surrendered to
Tito's partisan army. He now lives in Salzburg, Austria.
- THE CANADIAN AIR FORCE PILOT - Raymond Delaveaux served as a Pilot
with the Royal Canadian Air Force in several occupied countries.
After the war he was seconded to the Allied Military Government
of the Occupied Territories to assist in the process of post-war recovery.
- THE VIENNA SCHOOLBOY - Ernest Blaschke was
just seven years old when the German Army marched into Vienna
and fourteen when it was captured and occupied by the Russian Army.
He emigrated to Canada in the 1950s and now lives in Toronto.
- THE LONDON SHOPGIRL - Dot Baker was 13 when she
got her first job during the war. After two years of hard manual work (shovelling 'slag'
in a steel-works) she moved to London and discovered the excitement of
a city determined to enjoy itself while it could.....
- THE POTSDAM SCHOOLBOY - Heinz Barthel
was still only 8 when the war ended, but in the flight from the Russian
Army, then fast approaching Berlin and Potsdam, he saw and suffered
at first hand the chaos, hunger and misery that modern war brings to
civilians caught between warring armies.
- THE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR - Arthur Pay
was a member of the 'Peace Pledge Union' at the outbreak of war. He said to
the wartime tribunal before which he was taken...
"I refuse on moral and rational grounds to take part
in any military activity or to assist the military machine
in any way. I believe that the method of War is wrong and
futile". What happened to him after that you can read