Military DVD film

By Rachel Fletcher, April 25, 2008

A DVD highlighting the Jewish contribution to the armed forces over 250 years has been produced by the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women.

The 30-minute film, sponsored by the Pears Foundation, goes from the battles against the French in 1759 to the British Jews who fought in World War Two. It includes rarely seen archive footage and the testimonies of ex-servicemen and women. Five Jews received the Victoria Cross for heroism in the First World War, and three in World War Two.

Also featured is the British liberation of Bergen-Belsen and the uprising of British Jews against Oswald Mosley’s fascists.

Ajex spokesman Harold Burgh said the aim was “to reach as wide an audience as possible, both Jewish and non-Jewish, with particular emphasis on the younger generation. We should be justly proud of these achievements on the part of our fellow Jews.”

Copies are available without charge from Ajex, which hopes that viewers will make a donation to its welfare fund.

Last updated: 3:59pm, May 13 2008