Why remember history?

by | Oct 1, 2020

When I was growing up we lived a long way from the nearest park, but it didn’t really matter because we lived very close to a row of bombed buildings. This was our playground: just a little bit different from where my grandchildren play nowadays, but the same concept.

I learned to swim in this pool. It started as an indoor pool, but a V1 (Nazi cruise missile) landed nearby and blew off the side and the roof, so I learned to swim in an open air pool.

My playground

My swimming pool

Lots of London was like that. Hitler loved urban planning and redevelopment.

St Paul’s Cathedral from Cannon Street

Hitler’s redesign

Why remember history? Because we need to remember what happens when we appease bullies and excuse evil men.

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