Audio: It’s 68 Years Since The End of World War II...

It’s 68 Years Since The End of World War II. Also: Anti-Semitism in Britain And: Political thoughts.
5/12/2013, 8:26 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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The Second World War, the fight against the Nazi evil and their allies is today still vividly in the memory of men and women who served in the various allied armies, and I include myself.                                                                      

The exact date of the war's end is not universally agreed upon. Some suggest that the war ended at the armistice with Japan on the 14th August 1945 (V-J Day), rather than on their formal surrender on September 2nd of that year.  In many European histories the end is marked as the 8th of May 1945, a date which was also observed last week in Israel at a special event at Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem.                                                        

I therefore begin this programme with a report of the Walter’s World visit last week to the Jewish Military Museum in London, which has collections showing the Jewish contribution to the British Armed Forces.                                

Remarkably, the Treaty of Peace with Japan was not signed until 1951, and that with Germany not until 1990 in the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany on September 12, 1990.

Part two of the programme deals with the way Jews in Britain protect themselves against anti-Semitism and how their security organisation is successfully involved in European legislation against this evil. 

Although not a war in the accepted sense, anti-Semitic incidents in the UK are increasing and the virus of anti-Semitism has even infected the British Muslim community.                       

Last, but not least:  Some thoughts about current political events.

Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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