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Irene Probstein Visit

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Published 09:36 on 22 Jun 2022

Jersey Evening Post - Wartime escapee hails valiant Islanders.

"A JEWISH woman saved from advancing German forces by members of the St Helier Yacht Club 82 years ago has praised the valiant spirit of the Islanders who rescued her.

Unveiling a plaque at the St Helier Yacht Club, she praised the brave hearts and valiant spirit of the Langlois family and their boat, which snatched us from the calamity of the German army and brought us to the safety and warm reception of Sion Hall."

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Channel 103 - St Malo Evacuee (91) Returns To Jersey

"Every year, St Helier Yacht Club marks the anniversary with an evacuation voyage to St Malo. Vessels display the defaced red ensign which was awarded as a battle honour in recognition of this tremendous achievement in 1940.

Irene decided to make a return visit to Jersey following coverage of a commemorative parade of boats shown on television in the USA in 2020."

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The Guardian - Wed have perished: woman, 91, returns to Jersey where she fled Nazis in 1940.

"In May 1940 their home was bombed by the Nazis and the family fled. Samuel Weindling paused in Paris to try to track down their oldest child, who had been taken prisoner, while Claire and her three other children pushed on to St Malo.

Luckily for them, their arrival in the French port in mid June 1940 coincided with a rescue mission involving the St Helier yacht club, which had answered a call from the admiralty to send all available craft to St Malo to evacuate stranded British troops. Twenty vessels made the 35-mile trip to northern France.

Among the Jersey sailors who had headed to France were brothers Jim and Eddie Langlois in their familys 41ft motor cruiser, Callou. Jim asked one of the military leaders if they could take the Weindlings. The answer was: Definitely not, but Im not looking.."

Read the full story on the Guardian website -

Bailiwick Express - "Overwhelming" reception for last survivor of Little Dunkirk.

"Returning to the island for the first time in 82 years, 91-year-old Irène Probstein said that the visit had been unbelievable.

She and her family have been guests of honour over a weekend of commemorations organised by the St. Helier Yacht Club, whose members answered a call of the British Admiralty in 1940 to sail to the Breton port to pick up servicemen and refugees fleeing the advancing German forces."

Read the full story on the Bailiwick Exress website - https://www.bailiwickexpress.c...

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