D-Day 70 Years On

“You cannot dig a foxhole in the sand…The only place you could hide was behind dead or wounded soldiers.”

Clearly, war is hell. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy more famously known as D-Day.  In 2011, I was invited to attend an event organized by Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El Men’s Club, Hebrew High School and Israel Advocacy Committee honoring the Liberators of Concentration Camps as well as veterans of IDF, US and Russian military. The guest speaker at this event was Arthur Seltzer, a liberator of Dachau Concentration Camp. His war story is haunting and there are precious few opportunities to hear accounts from those who were there. Prior to documenting the liberation of Dachau, Arthur survived D-Day, landing on Omaha beach with his signal company.

Arthur Seltzer was 20 years old when he landed on Omaha Beach and below is a video I recorded as he described his D-Day experience:

Arthur Seltzer was part of the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp and a photographer.  He shared his experience and his photos of what he encountered in Dachau in April 1945. Fair warning, there are disturbing images in this video.

More D-Day remembrances:

Via Peta Pixel, the story behind the iconic photos taken by Robert Capra on Omaha Beach, D-Day. Capra was one of 18 photographers given credentials to photograph the invasion as it unfolded. After the event, Capra nearly lost all his photos due to a technician error in the photo lab. I wonder where are the photos taken by the 17 other photographers?

BBC Radio 4 presents a re-voicing of original news bulletin scripts from D-Day. Benedict Cumberbatch,  Sir Patrick Stewart and Toby Jones will read news bulletins at the time at which they were originally broadcast. 

John Snagge reports ‘D-Day Has Come’


Never, ever, forget.

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  • Trevor Hilton

    That Generation had the guts to endure the Great Depression, storm a heavily-guarded enemy beach, and beat back the forces of evil on it’s own turf.
    How have we fallen as a country

    • Tania

      There were called the Greatest Generation for a reason, Trevor. Pajama boy could not fill their shoes.