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To mark the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport, which saw 10,000 children escape from Nazi Germany to the UK, a new book brings to light the heartbreaking postcards sent by one Jewish father in Berlin to his son in Swansea.

Talks festival of the week: Chalke Valley History Festival, Ebbesbourne Wake, nr Salisbury

Around 13,000 people turned up last year, and looking at the programme for 2013 it's easy to see why this is the country's leading history festival.

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Ghost towns, abandoned government headquarters and decomposing train depots – around the world there are still hundreds of these locations, all infected with the sadness of a forgotten former life

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On the 69th anniversary of D-Day, a new battle is being fought: to preserve the memories of those who were there, before it is too late and you can help

The evacuation of Dunkirk - 73 years on

Today marks the anniversary of the end of the Dunkirk evacuations during World War II

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The price of pacifism: Refusing to go to war is finally being recognised as a brave act

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The Dambusters squadron, whose daring and audacious raid during the Second World War is often held up as an example of bravery and ingenuity, will be celebrated around Britain this week which marks the 70th anniversary of the May 1943 mission, codenamed "Operation Chastise".

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