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Watch the “Sam Sachs 105 BDAY WISH” on YouTube. The corona pandemic interferes with the birthday party of this American veteran who landed in Normandy on 6 June 1944 to liberate France and Europe. Do him a favour and send him a card for his birthday on 26 April. Address: Mom and Dad’s House, c/o Lt. Col. Sam Sachs, 4340 Conquista Ave., Lakewood, CA 90713 - USA.

The War Heritage Institute wishes him all the best! #culturesurvivechallenge

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Bedfordshire resident Captain Tom Moore displayed exceptional solidarity in these trying corona times. Aged 99 and supported by his walker this war hero walked the length of his garden an amazing 100 times. With his action he convinced 620,000 people worldwide to donate some 16 million euro to the NHS. The War Heritage Institute salutes this hero. #culturesurvivechallenge

Picture © via Reuters.

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No rest for the War Heritage Institute in the spring of 2020. With input provided by numerous volunteers the data about military cemeteries in West-Flanders were examined. Names were checked, double occurrences eliminated and grave numbers adapted to the actual situation in the field. Graves in France and Great Britain were similarly investigated. All updates are to be found on www.wardeadregister.be.

Your help is greatly appreciated. Do you have pictures of Second World War soldiers fallen in combat? Send them to wardeadregister@warheritage.be. Records are updated on a weekly basis. Follow our website. #c...

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Everybody imagines a royal birthday to be a grand affair, but King Philip will celebrate his very intimately. The large party uniting some hundred fellow countrymen born just like him on 15 April 1960 was cancelled because of the current confinement and social distancing rules. The gathering had initially been planned for 16 May. However, turning sixty is not an everyday event… That is why the War Heritage Institute wishes the King a most happy birthday.

I thank you most heartily for all your kind messages on the occasion of my sixtieth birthday. Today, I wholeheartedly support those who suffer. We will ov...

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This confinement is the time par excellence to discover new horizons through a good book. 23 April is World Book Day. The perfect occasion to test the benefits produced by 15 minutes of reading a day. Take the time to read a book: enjoy a quiet moment, discover, escape … on your own or with your family.

On 23 April #toutlemondelit.be More info on www.toutlemondelit.be

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The Train of 1000 thinks of Easter. What could be going on in the camps during Easter?

Witold Pilecki, a Polish officer and resistance fighter, infiltrates the Auschwitz concentration camp. He is arrested on 19 September 1940. Three days later he is dropped in the camp as Tomasz Serafinski, prisoner number 4859. His objective: collecting information about camp conditions. Over a period of three years he creates an underground resistance movement a thousand strong - the ZOW - and reports about the cruel living circumstances endured by the prisoners to the Armia Krajowa. He escapes on Easter day 1943. He soon p...

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Today, on International Veterans Day, we put three War Heritage Institute documentaries on line, to be viewed on our YouTube channel.

The day commemorates the 10 Belgian paratroopers killed in Kigali (Rwanda) in April 1994 and by extension all servicemen who lost their lives in humanitarian or peace missions since the war in Korea.

View three episodes of the “Journal de champagne” series, featuring our veterans in the Congo, Rwanda and former Yugoslavia on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMLqBhLv1hEG6XQe7f16elA/videos

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In a very different context and just when the First World War comes to a close, so-called “Spanish” flu spreads worldwide. In the winter of 1918-1919 up to a billion people become ill, on a total world population of 1.9 billion. The number of fatalities is estimated at 50 to 100 million. The epidemic also hits hard in the literary world, with Guillaume Apollinaire and Edmond Rostand among famous deadly casualties.

The site "Tous les jours curieux", dedicated to photography, managed to retrieve some period pictures.

© C.Raymond / © touslesjourscurieux

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The Train of 1000, a joint undertaking by the Auschwitz Foundation and the War Heritage Institute, honours the memory of the 25.267 people deported to Auschwitz between 1942 and 1944. One of them is the Jewish-German painter Felix Nussbaum.

As of 1933 - the year Hitler rises to power - the artist has to face persecution and exclusion. After a long journey he hides in Brussels for many years, but he is betrayed in the summer of 1944 and ends up at the Dossin Barracks, from where he is deported to Auschwitz by the last train convoy. He is murdered on 9 August 1944. Shortly before his death, he paints “Triumph...

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