Grandad’s WWII Diary – Church of the Nativity – 1942 Bethlehem, Palestine (photos)

In my Grandfather’s War Diary entry from Friday August 21 1942, he visits Jerusalem & Bethlehem.  He said ” Left camp on trip at 8AM.  Arriving at Jerusalem at 11AM.  Straight onto Bethlehem – reaching Church of Nativity – star(?) & manger then to British War Cemetery.”

He most likely took (or purchased) these photos on this visit that day.

The comments under the photos are his own words from the backs of the photos.

Entrance of %22Manger%22 & %22Star%22 Church of Nativity - Jerusalem
Entrance of Manger & Star Church of Nativity – Jerusalem
The Manger Church of Nativity - Bethlehem
The Manger Church of Nativity – Bethlehem
The Star below which is the actual place where Christ was born - Bethlehem
The Star below which is the actual place where Christ was born – Bethlehem
Altar of Cathedral of Nativity - Bethlehem
Altar of Cathedral of Nativity – Bethlehem
Another View of Star & Altar of Church of Nativity - Bethlehem
Another View of Star & Altar of Church of Nativity – Bethlehem
Inside View of Church of Nativity - Bethlehem
Inside View of Church of Nativity – Bethlehem
Interior of Church of Nativity - Bethlehem - Palestine
Interior of Church of Nativity – Bethlehem – Palestine
Looking towards Altar of R.L (R.C?) Church - Bethlehem
Looking towards Altar of R.L (R.C?) Church – Bethlehem
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2 comments

  1. You know, for a girl who doesn’t believe in all that Christmas stuff, your Grandpa spent a lot of time in churches. Mine did too. He was an Anglican priest.

    • I can’t say he was particuarly religious when I knew him but perhaps he changed his mind or it was just a part of his life. My grandparents never went to church in the years I remember them.

      I guess your Grandfather probably had too – being his job and all 🙂

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