In 1938, Germany gains territory from along Czechoslovakia’s border. The following year, the German army invades the Czech provinces of Bohemia and Moravia, and Slovakia becomes an independent state.

“I was nine years old in 1939 when the German army rolled across the Austrian border into our town. It was a grim day. The scenery was full of armoured trucks, tanks, soldiers in dark green uniforms and the occasional low-flying airplane. With them, the Germans brought their dreadful Nazi ideology.”

John Freund