Students invited to Auschwitz talk by Sidmouth author Jonathan Walker

PUBLISHED: 11:56 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:17 17 June 2010

A TIMELY talk about Auschwitz and the infrequently-discussed British knowledge of the death camp will be given by Sidmouth author Jonathan Walker tomorrow (Thursday) evening.

A TIMELY talk about Auschwitz and the infrequently-discussed British knowledge of the death camp will be given by Sidmouth author Jonathan Walker tomorrow (Thursday) evening.

Sidmouth Library hosts the talk from 6pm and the 50 free tickets have been snapped up quickly.

A member of the British Commission for Military History, Jonathan's latest book, Poland Alone, was published last October.

His illustrated talk, based on the book, will focus on the bloody Warsaw Uprising of 1944, when the Polish Resistance attempted to gain control of their city from the German Army.

They expected help from the Allies but received none, and they were left helpless as the Russians moved in. The War ended with over five million Poles dead, three million of whom died in the concentration camps.

The book examines whether Britain could have done more to save the Polish people in their crisis year of 1944, dealing with many different aspects such as the actions of the RAF and SOE, the role of Polish Couriers, the failure of British Intelligence and the culpability of the British press.

Jonathan Walker is also the author of Aden Insurgency: The Savage War in South Arabia and The Blood Tub 1917: General Gough and the Battle of Bullecourt.

Students from Sidmouth College and Colyton Grammar School have been invited to the event to help them with their studies on this topic.

Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and of other genocides. It is always marked on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

HMD sets out to motivate people to make sure that the horrendous crimes committed during the Holocaust and in more recent genocides, are neither forgotten nor repeated, whether in Europe or elsewhere in the world.

Devon County Council's executive member for culture, Councillor Sheila Hobden, said: "This is a powerful subject which quite rightly still horrifies and motivates people. We are lucky to have an author of Jonathan Walker's calibre living in Devon and visiting one of our libraries."

For further information on Holocaust Memorial Day go to www.hmd.org.uk


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