Six unforgettable true stories from World War II
Many people who lived through World War II were unable to speak about what they experienced and witnessed, as the trauma was too great, or the memories too painful. But others, often later in their life, like the wonderful people featured in Never Forget, have found it cathartic to tell their stories, and preserve them for future generations.
There’s Bram, a young boy whose privileged childhood in the Dutch East Indies was lost forever when the Japanese invaded and his father became a prisoner-of-war on the infamous Pekanbaru Death Railway.
Harry, a soldier in the 2nd New Zealand Divisional Cavalry, who survived relentless action on the battlefields of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East with just one tiny nick to his ear, but whose emotional wounds would prove far greater to heal.
Eva, a young girl in Rotterdam, who witnessed many atrocities under the German occupation of the city, and discovered after the war, she had inadvertently delivered messages for the Resistance.
The six Węgrzyn children, who were ripped from their happy life in Poland, endured the loss of their parents, and suffered terrible conditions and near starvation in forced labour camps in Russia.
Naylor, who was almost 100 years old before he told his family about his wartime service with one of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s top-secret RAF ‘Moonlight’ Squadrons, flying agents and supplies behind enemy lines.
And Ronnie, whose tough wartime childhood in the slums of Newcastle upon Tyne, led to him becoming part of a destructive street gang, and ultimately being sent to Australia as a child migrant.
I’m so grateful to these amazing people for having the courage to share their often harrowing wartime experiences, so we will never forget.
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