THE ARCHIVES

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - COMMENT -

100 years ago

The in­hu­man bru­tal­ity which has char­ac­terised the at­ti­tude of the Ger­man mil­i­tary and civil au­thor­i­ties to­wards Al­lied pris­on­ers since the begin­ning of the war has re­ceived fur­ther il­lus­tra­tion in the par­tic­u­larly re­volt­ing con­di­tions in the camp at Lan­gen­salze. Ac­cord­ing to the first re­ports re­ceived by the Span­ish Am­bas­sador in Ber­lin, nine French pris­on­ers were shot point-blank by Ger­man soldiers at this camp, and 15 oth­ers se­verely wounded. Two del­e­gates were sent to Lan­gen­salze.

50 years ago

The mys­tery of where the heart for Is­rael’s first trans­plant pa­tient came from has started a grue­some ar­gu­ment in Is­rael. Belin­son Hos­pi­tal, at Pe­tah Tikva, where Pro­fes­sor Morris Levi and a team of six gave a new heart to 41-year-old bank clerk Yitzhak Su­lam on Thurs­day, re­fused to name the donor or say how he died. First re­ports said the donor was a teenage boy fa­tally in­jured in a car crash on Thurs­day. Then news­pa­pers claimed it was the heart of Per­sian-born Avra­ham Sadgat.

25 years ago

Tough-tack­ling Matthew Taylor loves noth­ing more than a gru­elling rugby train­ing ses­sion – af­ter get­ting home from nurs­ery school. The ded­i­cated four-year-old is Bri­tain’s youngest rugby league star­let. Lo­cal league of­fi­cials have even bent the rules to al­low him to play for an un­der-sevens team. Now the an­gel-faced young­ster is mak­ing a name for him­self by knock­ing over the older lads with his bone-jar­ring tack­les. “I love tack­ling – it’s my favourite part of the game,” said Matthew.

One year ago

A paint­ing that cap­tures the hu­man drama of the “mir­a­cle of Dunkirk” has as­tounded auc­tion bid­ders by sell­ing in Perth­for £26,000. It had a mod­est pre-sale es­ti­mate of £1,200 but auc­tion­eer Nick Burns had an inkling it could do bet­ter – and he was proved spec­tac­u­larly right. Painted by John Spencer Churchill, nephew of the war­time Prime Minister Sir Win­ston Churchill, he was an eye wit­ness to the dra­matic events of May 29 1940 as one of the soldiers evac­u­ated.

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