Category Archives: History

Articles about the past

WW1 ANZAC nurses and the sinking of the Marquette

The other ANZACs – the nurses who served during WW1

Moments In Time

Edith as a young woman before leaving for the war and a new life

ANZAC Day is a time for tributes and throughout history war has produced countless heroes worthy of them. Many of these have been woman who quietly and staunchly served their country and supported their menfolk either at home or on the front lines. Yet for these women, war also opened up a world and new horizons that never would have been available to them in peacetime – even if it sometimes came at a heavy price.

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On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

The saddest thing I have ever read, but it is something everyone should read.”

Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.

Elie Wiesel,

From Elie Wiesel, Night (New York: Bantam, 1982), p. 32. This quote also appears in the Permanent Exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.