By Gwen Orel

How it’s New York:  As we wrote when we heard the pardon was coming, Éamon De Valera, who infamously signed Hitler’s condolence book, was born in New York City. And New Yorkers passionately identify with the Allies– think of that famous soldier kissing nurse photo.
How it’s Irish: That Irish soldiers fought with the Allies is still under-reported history.
Ireland pardons soldiers who deserted to fight Nazis (via AFP)

Thousands of Irish soldiers who deserted their neutral nation’s military to fight with the Allies in World War II will be officially pardoned under a new law set to be passed on Tuesday. About 5,000 deserters were court martialled or dismissed from the Irish defence forces in 1945, a move that left…

Gwen Orel
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Gwen Orel

The only New York journalist who writes for both the Forward and Irish Music Magazine.

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