Archive: Second World War

A statue of Stalin. The Soviet leader went into a state of shock when Hitler eventually broke the terms of the pact.

Hidden history: The Nazi-Soviet pact which Russia now tries to deny

Ahead of the 80th the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, there is a sustained attempt to erase it from history.

Opinion Former Articles

  • BHA: Non-religious members of the forces should be represented at the Remembrance cenotaph

    The British Humanist Association (BHA) is supporting ‘For All Who Serve’, the new campaign launched by the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association (UKAFHA), which calls for the recognition of non-religious members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty at the national service of remembrance.

  • BHA: Family of WW2 hero Major Sidney Excell: Humanist exclusion from Remembrance Ceremony ‘blatant discrimination'

    The family of the late Major Sidney Excell, a committed atheist best known as the man who arrested Head of the Gestapo Heinrich Himmler have today said that they are appalled at the government refusal to include a humanist at the wreath laying ceremony on Remembrance Day. In a statement put out by the family they commented ‘It is devastating to know that a man who played not a small role in history not be remembered by the country he so loved. It is disgusting that the Government has consistently denied requests for a humanist representative to be placed with religious representatives. We call for an end to this blatant discrimination - and that is what it is.

  • BHA: Continued exclusion of the non-religious on Remembrance Day

    Last year saw the first official recognition of the non-religious on Remembrance Sunday, with humanist representatives laying wreaths at the commemorations in Edinburgh and Belfast. Yet despite recognition in other UK capital cities and a number of locations locally, a request from the British Humanist Association (BHA) for Armed Forces Humanists to be included at the Cenotaph in London has again been refused.

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