Tribute to an FZY veteran who broke Nazi codes

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012
Harry Jardine and Morris Hoffman

Harry Jardine and Morris Hoffman

Well over 70 years after joining FZY, a 96-year-old has had his third barmitzvah marked by the Zionist youth movement.

When Londoner Morris Hoffman first became involved in FZY, fellow members included a future Israeli President, Chaim Herzog.

Mr Hoffman served as the movement’s education officer during a period when he also worked as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park, helping the British war effort. As a language student, he was recruited by the elite intelligence unit to translate German messages, pinpointing the location of Nazi troops.

To mark his third barmitzvah, a tree was planted in his name in the FZY Forest in Israel.

FZY national director Harry Jardine met Mr Hoffman recently. “When planting trees, one invests not just for a few years but over a lifetime,” Mr Jardine said. “We can see from figures like Mr Hoffman that the impact that youth movements have is not just in people’s youth.”

Last updated: 11:26am, August 30 2012