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Month: April 2020

  • Sheltering While the Bombs Fell During WWII

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    • April 11, 2020

    In the early stages of World War II, Winston Churchill declared that London was “the greatest target in the world.” His assessment was strikingly accurate. Adolf Hitler wanted to destroy the British morale, so his air fleet (the terrifying Luftwaffe) launched a sustained bombing offensive that ultimately killed or seriously injured more than 80,000 and destroyed a million buildings in the London area. During the Blitz (meaning lightening war), September 1940 until May 1941, nightly raids by the Germans relentlessly pounded the city — 30,000 bombs were dropped in a display of unstoppable air power. But Hitler failed to achieve his goal. The British developed a “Blitz...

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  • Recalling the Wisdom of Anne Frank in Troubled Times

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    • April 11, 2020

    “Everyone is scared…the end is nowhere in sight…one small act of carelessness and we are done for.” During these times of unsettling widespread lockdowns and tragic deaths due to COVID-19, the words of Anne Frank offer special meaning. Frank and seven others hid out in a 450 square foot “secret annex” in the heart of Amsterdam from July 6, 1942 until August 4, 1944. That is 761 days. Anne Frank was 13 years old when she entered this loathsome exile. The “annex” was a cleverly concealed, three story apartment at the rear of a spice factory once owned by Anne’s father, Otto Frank. The reason for hiding: the Franks were Jewish at a time when Adolph Hitler launched...

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