Clip­pings of Hitler found in box of mem­o­ra­bilia

Pen­sioner dis­cov­ers edi­tion of mag­a­zine from 1939

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

PIC­TURES of Adolf Hitler de­liv­er­ing a war­mon­ger­ing speech have been dis­cov­ered in a dusty box by a pen­sioner.

Iron­i­cally, the pic­tures of Hitler were dis­cov­ered in Chal­font St Giles, the vil­lage where the 1971 Dad’s Army film was shot, with Cap­tain Main­war­ing and his men desperately try­ing to pro­tect ru­ral Eng­land from Hitler and the Nazis.

Paul Leveene, 73, was evac­u­ated from Peck­ham to live with his rel­a­tives, the Rance fam­ily, in Sycamore Road, Chal­font St Giles, dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

He moved to Gold Hill Common, in Chal­font St Peter, a few years later and was given a box of mem­o­ra­bilia by his grand­fa­ther, which has now been opened for the first time in 40 years.

In it were pages of The Il­lus­trated London News from May 6, 1939, which showed a plea for con­scrip­tion from Win­ston Churchill, a vit­ri­olic speech by Adolf Hitler and ad­verts from the time, in­clud­ing a Ford car for £115.

Mr Leveene said: “It was given to me by my grand­fa­ther and it has just been locked up.

“A lot of peo­ple will be sur­prised at how things were in those days and there is a lot of in­ter­est­ing writ­ing in th­ese pieces.

“It is no good to me. I know it’s go­ing to get lost.”

Mr Laveene is of­fer­ing the pieces for free to who­ever may be in­ter­ested in the his­tory.

Re­mem­ber­ing his time as an evac­uee, he added: “We

Pic­tures of Hitler in The Il­lus­trated London News had a lit­tle tag tied to our down now and there is arms. They would send you noth­ing left from our where you had fam­ily. fam­ily at all.”

“Ev­ery­thing [in Chal­font Her­itage group Cel­funde St Peter] has been knocked In­her­i­tance holds monthly ses­sions at Chal­font St Peter Li­brary where peo­ple share their mem­o­ries of the vil­lage in years gone by and bring pho­tos for the group to scan and col­late ar­chives.

The next ses­sion takes place on Satur­day from 10am to 1pm.

Mem­ber of the group Linda Smith said: “[His­tor­i­cal pho­tos and mem­o­ra­bilia] do need somebody to take care of them, which is why we have set up our group.

“Some of the el­derly peo­ple we have spo­ken to col­lect mem­o­ra­bilia and pho­tos.

“After years, some of the pieces may be thrown away so they are happy and pleased somebody wants to ar­chive th­ese.”

If you are in­ter­ested in Mr Leveene’s mem­o­ra­bilia, con­tact buck­snews@ trin­i­


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