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World’s devotees share love, respect and appreciation of telegraph poles

Every day we see hundreds of them, more likely thousands, yet we never give telegraph poles a second thought.

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War Heros Honoured

British war heroes given Legion d’honneur medals

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Child survivors at the liberation of Auschwitz

Holocaust victims remembered while genocide goes on worldwide

There have already been many dozens of events, talks, presentations and exhibitions across Northern Ireland in advance of today’s annual, poignant, solemn, observation of Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Helen Lewis, who will be commemorated with a blue plaque in Crescent Arts Centre

Holocaust survivor brought gift of dancing feet to Belfast

Holocaust survivor Helen Lewis is to be commemorated with a blue plaque which will be unveiled this Friday in the place where she taught dance for many years.

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Ettie Steinberg on her wedding day

One Irish Jew from Eichmann’s hit-list of 4,000 died in Holocaust

Following recent references here to this Friday’s Holocaust Memorial Day, several poignant messages arrived in Roamer’s mailbox.

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HMS Laurentic

Centenary of Belfast-built ship sunk by mines with loss of 354 crew

Next Thursday, January 26, marks the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first American soldiers in Ulster during WWII.

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A real home from home for many United States servicemen

A real home from home for many United States servicemen

For many American servicemen during the 60s and 70s Londonderry was home from home and seeing a US sailor around town was far from an unusual sight. Londonderry was a busy commercial port and it was also visited several times a year by navies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ( NATO as it was commonly known), so there were sailors from all over the world wandering throughout the city at any given time. However, like the British Navy, the Americans had a large base in the city so they were very much a part of the community with many of the sailors housed in barracks in Springtown.

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Unnerving and unseasonal tale that became oft-told 18th century legend

Unnerving and unseasonal tale that became oft-told 18th century legend

Roamer is enduring the second week of a fearsome winter cold - a blocked nose, headache, sore throat and a bad cough - the whole works.

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Wilson Burgess

All you need is love, but only if it is communicated in Ulster Scots dialect

Some three years ago Roamer received a communication, penned in what I’d previously considered to be a rather ‘strange’ language!

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Thomas Johnstone Lipton

Son of Ulster parents alerted the world to Serbia’s typhus tragedy

Some weeks ago on this page, when Ulster University’s Dr Johanne Devlin Trew recounted the nurses, medics and hospital volunteers from Ireland who served and died in WWI, Serbia was highlighted as the country that suffered the most significant loss of human life during the Great War.

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The farmer’s daughter who sacrificed her life for Jews in the Holocaust

The farmer’s daughter who sacrificed her life for Jews in the Holocaust

Back in February a News Letter reader shared an extremely moving account here about Mary Elizabeth Elmes from Co. Cork.

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The Britannic, sister ship of the Titanic

Centenary of tragic WWI sinking of Belfast-built hospital ship Britannic

This coming Monday, November 21, marks the centenary of the tragic sinking of Titanic’s sister ship Britannic.

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John Street class of ’22

Pupils at John Street Primary School, Lurgan, circa 1922.

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The Poppy Lady, Belle Michael

Roamer: Poem on page turned poppy into history’s greatest ever symbol of remembrance

This morning in 1918, almost exactly 48 hours before Armistice was declared at 11 am. on November 11, a young American soldier left a magazine on a desk in Columbia University, New York.

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Roamer: Flour and animal-feed bags under the coach house rafters

Roamer: Flour and animal-feed bags under the coach house rafters

Over the years there’ve been numerous occasions when readers’ reminiscences here caused quite a flood of responses, sometimes about the most unlikely topics.

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Reported in the News Letter during this week in 1916

Here are some of the stories reported in the News Letter 100 years ago:

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The front page of the Ulster Star of October 22, 1976, announcing the introduction locally of a talking newspaper.

Celebration as talking newspaper marks 40th anniversary

It’s 40 years, almost to the day, since the Lisburn Leo Talking Newspaper recorded its first local weekly news bulletin for the area’s blind or partially sighted residents.

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Reported in the News Letter during this week in 1916

Here are some of the stories reported in the News Letter during this week 100 years ago:

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Reported in the News Letter during this week in 1916

Here are some of the stories reported in the News Letter 100 years ago:

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Reported in the News Letter during this week in 1916

Here are some of the stories reported in the News Letter 100 years ago:

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