• Hadassah Rosensaft (Bimko)

    Sunday, May 13, 1945, five days after the end of World War II in Europe, was Mother’s Day in the United States. At Bergen-Belsen in Germany, however, there was nothing for my mother to celebrate on that day as she took part in the ongoing monumental medical and humanitarian effort to save as many of that Nazi concentration camp’s critically ill survivors as possible.  5,643 total views

  • Fusiliers Mont-Royal – Canada

    As a very young teenager, an exceptional documentary on the concentration camps had been broadcast one evening on Radio-Canada. It had been shown a on weekday at 11 o’clock at night.  5,101 total views

  • Sally Wideroff – JDC Relief Worker

    Sally Wideroff (born Sally Bendremer), a JDC (JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE) relief worker, spent thirteen months in the British Zone of Germany where she worked first in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp and later at the Warburg children’s home in Hamburg-Blankenese.  5,470 total views

  • Jonah Jones – 224 Parachute Field Ambulance

    My father, the artist Jonah Jones (1919-2004), was effectively a lifelong pacifist. As with many things, including religion, he was a doubter, but he never quite renounced his principles, for he hated war, having witnessed its dreadful depredations.  4,669 total views

  • Canadians at Belsen – RCAF 437 Squadron

    “Every picture has a story to tell” may be a cliché but it’s an apt description of the story that’s been revealed since I posted one of my father’s favourite Second World War photos on Facebook last fall. The photo, dated April 1945, shows seven young men — my father, Arnold Black, is standing far right — in their Royal Canadian Air Force uniforms posing proudly in front of their airplane.  6,967 total views

  • ‘Dick’ Everett Jenkins – Medical Student

    In April 1945, just before the Second World War ended, nearly 100 medical students from across London volunteered to support the British army. In this group, there were students from St Mary’s Medical School and Westminster Medical School, two of the schools that formed Imperial College School of Medicine. 75 years on, we want to share their stories and celebrate their courage.  4,770 total views

  • Medical Students

    The Friends of Blackheath Halls presented this fascinating talk by Professor Stephen Challacombe on 30th September 2020.  5,888 total views