Clippings of Hitler found in box of memorabilia
Pensioner discovers edition of magazine from 1939
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@ trinitysouth.co.uk.