First World War

Teenager's First World War fashion exhibit goes on display

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

Former Immanuel College student Jennifer Murad used to spend hours in the National Army Museum in Chelsea, south-west London.

She would sit by the glass cases, sketching the military jackets worn by British officers who fought in the First World War, as part of the research for her A Level art exam — for which she received an A*.

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Great wounds of the Great War

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 10, 2014

Later this year, the world’s media will preoccupy us with material related to the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War — the “Great War” — which was triggered, so it is said, by the assassination, in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, of the heir to the Habsburg throne, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie.

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Star of David to replace cross on First World War soldier's grave

By Marcus Dysch, October 17, 2013

A star of David will replace a cross on the grave of a Jewish First World War soldier following a campaign to have the Christian symbol removed.

Last month, Corporal Joseph Nossek’s family told the JC of their desperation over their attempts to have the cross removed, which were repeatedly rejected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

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They were loyal British Jews and their graves should say it

By Jennifer Lipman, September 25, 2013

"Our loyalty and devotion – richly fully and completely deserved by this blessed land — impels us as Jewish citizens of this country to sacrifice ourselves in its aid at this hour of its need.”

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Family’s agony in battle over soldier’s gravestone

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2013

The family of a Jewish First World War soldier have spoken of their heartache that his grave is still marked by a cross nearly 100 years after he was killed in action.

Corporal Joseph Nossek was buried in a war cemetery in France in July 1916 but his headstone does not display a Star of David.

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U-turn means World War One hero will be honoured

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

A Jewish First World War Victoria Cross hero will be honoured in a national tribute after a U-turn by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The government had planned to commemorate all the British-born VC winners in the 1914-18 conflict with special paving stones laid in their home towns.

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Overlooked VC hero will be honoured after all

By Sandy Rashty, September 4, 2013

The government has said that it is investigating ways to honour foreign soldiers who won the Victoria Cross while serving in the British armed forces during the First World War.

The move comes in response to protests against plans to honour only British-born VC heroes.

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Battle over First World War soldiers’ graves

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

Authorities are refusing to replace crosses on the headstones of two First World War soldiers with stars of David, despite acknowledging that evidence exists showing that the soldiers were Jewish.

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‘WW1 Victoria Cross winner should be honoured like other heroes’

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The honorary president of the Jewish Military Museum, Henry Morris, has said that the government is wrong in denying a tribute to a Jewish Victoria Cross winner because he was not born in Britain.

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Paving the way to honour heroes of the Great War

By Zoe Winograd, August 8, 2013

The courage of four Jewish soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War is to be celebrated with a special government tribute.

Frank de Pass, Jack White, Robert Gee and Leonard Keysor will be among 480 soldiers honoured with memorial paving stones to be placed in their home towns.

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