World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Thursday May 22, 1941
Day 630

May 22, 1941: Front page of the Nottingham Evening Post, Nottingham, England.
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Note the report in column 2: "Italian U-Boat Lost"
(The report does not name the boat, but the last Italian boat to be lost was Pier Capponi, which was sunk on Mar. 21, by the British submarine HMS Rorqual.)


May 22, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of the Birmingham Gazette, Birmingham, England.
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Note the report at top right: "The Jew"
(I am not sure what the point of this piece was, but it demonstrates that Jews had almost no friends anywhere. Little wonder that Hitler thought that he could build factories to murder them without too much interference from anyone. I have reprinted the piece in total below, so that everyone can read and understand the attitude that so many people, including those in Allied nations, had against the Jewish people.

The Jew was described as “standing in the centre of the world's stage in undeserved and unenviable distinction – landless, homeless and in a world cold, critical and inhospitable” by the Rev. W. W. Gauld, when he presented a report of the Jewish Mission Committee to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, in Edinburgh yesterday. “The Jew,” he said, “can no longer be forgotten or ignored – whatever new order emerges from the present chaos. Our statesmen must accept the fact that they have Jews on their hands. He is a problem to statesmen in every land, the obsession of many minds responsible, it would appear, at once for Capitalism and Communism, the scapegoat of tyranny and the perplexity of democracy. “As surely as slavery was once the open sore of Africa, so surely to-day the Jewish problem is the open sore of Europe.”)


May 22, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Note the report in columns 3-4: "Two Canadian Tankers Sunk; Crews Captured"
(The tanker Canadolite was captured by the German Hilfskreuzer [auxiliary cruiser] Komoran. The ship was scuttled at Brest Aug. 14, 1944, later scrapped. Portadoc sunk by U-124.)


May 22, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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May 22, 1941: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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Note the sub headline: "Berlin Claims 4 Cruisers Sunk"
(German intelligence was almost correct. Three British cruisers and two destroyers had been sunk between May 21 and 22, all of them during the invasion of Crete. HMS Juno was sunk by Italian aircraft on May 21, HMS Greyhound and HM cruisers Gloucester, Fiji and York were all sunk on May 22. The British suffered further losses on May 23 when HM destroyers Kelly and Kashmir and five Motor Torpedo Boats were lost to German aircraft.)


May 22, 1941: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Der große Luftwaffenerfolg im Mittelmeer.
(The great success of the Luftwaffe in the Mediterranean.)


May 22, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Ein schwerer Schlag im Ostmittelmeer - Bombenvolltreffer auf 7 englischen Kriegsschiffen.)
(Heavy blow in the eastern Mediterranean - Bomb hits on 7 English warships.)



   
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