Leeds nostalgia: From one war to another...

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Seventy years ago, the legacy of World War Two was still casting a shadow over foreign affairs.

On October 4 it was observed that five Nazis at the Nuremberg Trials, a series of military tribunals held by the Allied Forces, had declined the option to appeal against the charges brought to them.

Out of 18 convicted former Nazi leaders Keitel, Jodl, Frank, Funk and Schirach would be accepting their fates without a substantial fight.

Rosenberg and Hess however would be making an appeal and the infamous Goering had not yet made his decision.

Closer to home, 54,000 prefab houses were on order for towns across Yorkshire.

Hull, one of the areas affected the worst by the Blitz, was scheduled to receive 300. Bradford, Castleford and Barnsley were also on the list.

YEP reporters ironically commented that “The houses are constructed mainly from aluminium recovered from German aircraft which were shot down when bombing the houses that are now being replaced.”

In other news, world affairs were already moving towards another of the most significant events of the 20th century.

Reports from America in the YEP hinted at the subtle sparks which would fuel the coming Cold War. The US Secretary of State declared that the US was not using the Atom Bomb as a threat, nor was there any danger of war with Stalin.

“I hope that this will put an end to unwarranted charges that any group of nations is seeking to encircle the Soviet Union,” he said.

The chilling image, included in the YEP, of the recent detonation of the Atom Bomb at Bikini however sparked further tensions between the two nations.