Sunday, March 24, 2013

Greenlit: The Children Who Fought Hitler, BBC4 | TVMole

The Children Who Fought Hitler (1×60?) – which tells the forgotten story of a heroic battle to help liberate Europe from the Nazis fought by the children of the British Memorial School. The school served a unique horticultural community of former-First World War soldiers and their families who tended the war graves in Ypres.... Read more...

And this comment by the instigator... of this story

I am the instigator of the research in 2000 of my pre war British Memorial School and what happened to the survivors of May 1940 together with me (5 yrs old) and my parents during 6 days from Ieper to Calais. This is now produced in book form THE CHILDREN WHO FOUGHT HITLER and give a detailed description of the British Community from 1919 when my British father married a Belgian girl from Dikkebus. In 2001 I did a first reunion in 60 years and thus discovered Elaine Madden and Steve Grady, yet many were taken in July 1940 to detention camps in Upper Silessia where they spent the war years, and the women to camps in Southern Germany.In 1946 I returned to Belgium with my parents having spent the war years in London and was educated at the Koninklijke Atheneum of which I have fond memories. Yet I have remained an “Ieperling” by birth and affection and am very happy to have transmitted both film and book on our lives as a British community in a rebuilt Ieper. James Fox (Paris)


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  1. Témoignage de Jimmy Fox:
    "Nous les enfants de Ypres on fait l’evacuation pendant 5 jours pour rejoindre Calais et le dernier bateau THE CITY OF CHRISTCHURCH. En 2003 j’ai refait la route avec 4 survivants (enfants comme moi) étant les familles du Imperial War Graves Commission. Pour cela CALAIS m’est tres proche car n’ayant pas encore 5 ans a l’époque je me souviens de la traversée de Calais sous les flammes et les bombardements. Apres la guerrre mon père retourna à son travail au Imperial War Graves Commission (entretien des cimetières britanniques et du commonwealth de la 1è et 2è guerres mondiales); nous habitions sur la frontière en Belgique non loins d'Armentiers. Alors de 1946 à 1952 à la mort de ma mere, mes parents et moi faisions le voyage en train d'Armentieres à Calais pour les fêtes avec mes sœurs au nord de Londres."