Category: History

Theodore Stephanides and ‘Lili Marlene’

Theodore Stephanides encountered the widely-popular German love song ‘Lili Marlene’ when serving with the British Eighth Army, which took Tripoli from the German Afrika Korp in 1943. In two papers that I’ve found in my cellar, he transcribed his discovery.

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History’s warning against money printing – through stamps

At this time of rampant ‘quantitative easing’, here is history’s warning against money printing, expressed in a set of stamps in my father’s stamp collection from Germany in 1923…

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Tea with ‘Jessie Chambers’

In 1939 an eight-year-old Czech Jewish girl, who had recently arrived on one of the last Kindertransport trains to leave Czechoslovakia, was invited for tea by the wife of the headmaster of her new primary school in Nottingham. It was Jessie Wood, nee Chambers, D.H. Lawrence’s close childhood friend. Jessie died five years later at the age of fifty-seven. Eve Leadbeater, nee Pragerova, is fortunately still alive today, and active in campaigning for the UK to accept more unaccompanied child refugees.

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