Mike Thornton MP Challenges Eastleigh Schools – What Are You Doing to Mark the 70th Anniversary of D-Day?

Mike Thornton MP has written to schools in Eastleigh encouraging them to enter the Sidney Goldberg Memorial Competition 2014.

The Competition, launched to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy landings in June 2014, is open to pupils of all ages and is part of a series of initiatives designed to foster a greater understanding of the D-Day landings amongst young people.

Entrants are asked to submit a written piece of work or a work of art, inspired by the Normandy Landings. The main prize winner of each age group will be offered the opportunity to travel to Normandy to see the D-Day landing sites.

Sidney Goldberg was a German-born Jew who, after fleeing Nazi Germany as a child, joined an a RAF intelligence-gathering unit which intercepted Luftwaffe aircraft radio transmissions in North Africa, Italy, France, Belgium and Holland. He later took part in the D-Day landings on Juno Beach and in 2003 he was decorated by the French Government, becoming Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur. His daughter, Rachelle Goldberg, has set up and funded this competition in order to honour his legacy.

Mike Thornton MP said:

"The Sidney Goldberg Memorial Competition 2014 is a wonderful initiative to encourage young people to discover more about the D-Day Normandy landings, those who took part, and its place in our country’s history.

"Sidney Goldberg was an inspirational figure and it is fantastic to see his legacy recognised with this Competition. I would encourage all students to take part."

More information about the Sidney Goldberg Memorial Prize, including the research projects for each age group and the full list of prizes, can be found at http://www.sgcompetition.com/.

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