“What did you do in the war Dad/Mum?” was a common question in the 50s and 60s. In my house, the answer was: Daddy was an army signalman, and Mummy built bombs. This was during WW II, in which my uncles and aunts also served in the military (army/navy/air force), or did war work, as […]

History shows that, in times of war, neutral countries haven’t always been completely neutral. https://tinyurl.com/2ax5hugg

In Europe, the end of WW II came when Germany surrendered to Allied forces on May 7th, 1945, but hostilities didn’t officially end until May 8th, and so that is the date on which people in the UK and most of Europe still celebrate VE (Victory In Europe) Day. Russians celebrate it on May 9th, […]

Not directly historical, other than being the history of a modern-day witch family, but a good YA read. And some of the other books recommended in connection to it are set in other time periods. https://shepherd.com/best-books/combining-magic-with-the-mundane

Younger kids https://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Siege_of_Leningrad Older Kids https://www.history.com/news/the-siege-of-leningrad https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-ukraine-invasion-mariupol-siege-leningrad-survivors/31765250.html

There have been a lot of refugees fleeing war over the last few decades. The first I remember hearing about were the Vietnamese Boat People. https://tinyurl.com/2fwxzsv6

To help kids learn about the empire many think Vladimir Putin is trying to recreate; how it got started, and how it eventually disintegrated, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y7gefbsr

War Crimes is a term kids will have been hearing a lot about lately, and older ones can be encouraged to learn more about past crimes that were labelled such, and express their opinions on both those and what’s going on in Ukraine and other places around the world today. https://kids.britannica.com/students/article/war-crime/277652 https://www.history.com/news/war-crime-international-criminal-court

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