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August 2016 Anniversaries
August sees the anniversaries of two Europe-related events that made their impact on the wider world.  On 3 August 1914, Germany declared war on France, setting off hostilities that became the First World War, the “Great War” as it was known then. 

On 19 August 1942, during the Second World War, with Germany ascending, Britain and its allies launched a raid on the French coast at Dieppe, to try to take some pressure off the Eastern Front.  Dieppe is often prefixed with “Disastrous” because of the loss of 6,000 men, 5,000 of them Canadians.  Yet the “lessons learnt” from it helped to make the Normandy landings that came two years later a success.
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First World War, 3 August 1914,
Germany declares war on France

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 Eighty years have passed since the Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, shot and killed the heir to the Hapsburgs in Sarajevo in June 1914, precipitating four years of war. In terms of the lives of soldiers lost it was the most costly war of modern times: nine million military dead. In terms of territorial change, it also saw the most dramatic shift in borders of the century: the break up of four Empires, the German, the Austro-Hungarian, the Turkish and the Russian. Only the Russian Empire managed, in 1945, to regain most, though not all, of its losses.

            The impact of the First World War has continued to this day. The American literary historian Paul Fussell, in his book The Great War and Modern Memory, has pointed to many current uses, often far removed from their original context, of many of the images of the war; trenches and front lines and barrages, walking wounded and going 'over the top'. While I was writing my own history of the First World War, The Times, to illustrate an article urging John Major to show bold leadership, showed him in a First World War trench, whistle in hand, about to lead his men into the attack. 

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From Esther Gilbert
A Tribute to Elie Wiesel
(September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016)
Please forgive me for breaking with tradition in this space but I feel compelled to write about the great loss those in Holocaust education and remembrance feel at the news that Elie Wiesel has died. Although I had the great privilege and honour to have met him on several occasions, my most profound memory of him was an interview I heard on television many years earlier.
It was in the late 1960s, and I was in high school.  At that time no one yet used the term Holocaust to describe the murder of six million of Europe's Jews during the Second World War. Holocaust education and remembrance were personal matters, not public events.  The interview made such an impact on me that I could recognise Wiesel's voice whenever I heard it after that.
Photo left: Elie Wiesel

BookAid International Receives Sir Martin's Books from his Private Collection
Librarian, Pentecostal University
Three of Sir Martin's titles, Churchill, A Life, The Second World War, and The Day the War Ended have been donated from his own private collection to BookAid International for distribution to schools and libraries in Africa.

Sir Martin's books have been sent to BookAid's distribution partners in Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe where they have donated to schools and colleges, and to public and community libraries. 

BookAid also sent copies of the Second World War to the University of Zambia; The Day the War Ended to the library at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya; and Churchill: A Life to Kyambogo University in Uganda.

First photo: Photo left: Mr Stephen Kayanja, Head teacher at the MPOMA boys school in Mukona, Uganda
BookAid supplies new books, usually donated by publishers, to public, community and school libraries across Africa. By partnering with national library services, government departments and NGOs they are able to send up to one million brand-new, carefully selected books to Africa each year.

Second photo: Photo left: Diananatu Kundagt, Pentecostal University, Fort Portal, Uganda
With training and skills development, librarians can transform their libraries into the heart of their communities. BookAid provides training to develop the skills of librarians for years to come.

In places where books are scarce, libraries are often the best places for people to discover the joy of reading.

By supporting libraries BookAid provides access to books for millions of people each year.

Third photo: Photo right: Librarian, Pentecostal University, Fort Portal, Uganda
Fourth photo:Photo right, left to right: Harriet Ntege - acting university librarian at Kyambogo University, Diananatu Kundagt from Pentecostal University, Mary Nabbosa - senior librarian from Kyambogo university,Paul Ngabirano Librarian from Kyambogo University.

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