Videos tagged with bombing
As a pacifist and working for the international Quaker relief movement immediately after the Second World War, Lilian Cadoux describes the absolute destruction of German cities including Cologne and Dresden. 'The unbelievable living conditions that the surviving German people had to endure were far worse than that of the British'. She was not a fan of Churchill ' I never liked that growling aggressive tone' and describes contributing to national discussion on, and discovering little known detail about the firebombing of Dresden. Lilian finally describes the beautiful Frauenkirche (Dresden Cathedral) which was rebuilt 60 years after it was destroyed, allowing her daughter to make a pilgrimage to place Lilian's husbands name in the book of remembrance, as a long term victim.
Barbara Johnson recalls her childhood memories from the Birmingham Air Raids during World War 2, which left Birmingham the 4th most heavily bombed city in the UK. Barbara is chair of the Birmingham Air Raids Remembrance Association (BARRA). For more information visit http://www.birminghamairraids.co.uk and http://www.bmag.org.uk/
Evelyn Jajechnyk was born and raised in the City of London. She was 12 when she was evacuated with her sister to Norfolk and they stayed there for 3 years during the worst of the bombing. In this interview Evelyn recounts some of her childhood war-time experiences... She remembers the huge difference between the busy market street she lived in in London and the idyllic countryside in Norfolk. Upon her return to London after 3 years she was faced with a destroyed London and on her first night back her parents took her to Aldwych tube station to the shelter... Evelyn also recounts one other incident with a molotov cocktail stuck to her roof!
In the second part of his interview, John Deal speaks of how him and his wife Reenee met in the aftermath of the Second World War when they were both training to be teachers. John worked as an aircraft fitter throughout WW2 but never left the country. He witnessed a lot of destruction in the Lewisham area due to fires and bombing... John recounts one particular incident when a dormant incediary bomb fell through the roof of his house onto his parents' bed whilst they were there! Carrying on from his first interview, John explains in more detail the differences he has encountered in society and everyday life before, during and after the war...
Violet Redmont retells some of her poignant experiences throughout the Second World War. Although she was evacuated several times to Hertfordshire Violet was in South London, in particular the docklands surrounding Rotherhithe, during the some of the worst of the war. The docklands were badly affected by the bombing and Violet remembers a few particular stories of close escapes she and her family encountered... But even though she spent her childhood encountering hard times, Violet looks back on that time in a positive light and considers her family as being very fortunate during the war.