First World War

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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They did their bit - the story of three centuries of heroism

By Simon Round, November 15, 2012

Sadly, there are not many Jews who fought in the Second World War who are still able to march. But those who can will be polishing their medals to parade down Whitehall on Sunday, in honour of their comrades who fell in the 1939-45 conflict and those before and since.

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On this day: Britain declares war on Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

As the Balkan power keg lit up Europe, Germany made its move and invaded Russia, and then Belgium.

In keeping with the terms of the 1839 Treaty of London, the Great Powers were required to protect Belgium's neutrality.

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EDL leader charged after Islamic extremist clash

By Jennifer Lipman, November 12, 2010

The founder and leader of the English Defence League (EDL) has been charged with assaulting a police officer during a confrontation with Islamic extremists.

Stephen Lennon, who also uses the name Tommy Robinson, clashed with the officer during a Remembrance Day protest in Kensington, west London.

Protesters from a group called Muslims Against Crusades were burning poppies at 11am and shouting: "British soldiers burn in hell".

Two Islamic protesters and five other EDL members were arrested for public order offences after the confrontation.

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Keeping the name alive

By Jessica Elgot, November 12, 2010

The son of a London rabbi, whose body was never found after the First World War, was one of thousands of lost soldiers remembered at the 90th anniversary of the Unknown Warrior this week.

AJEX attended the Western Front Association's commemoration ceremony on Wednesday on Platform Eight of London's Victoria station - where the original "unknown soldier" arrived in November 1920 before being laid to rest in Westminster Abbey.

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On this day: the end of the First World War

By Jennifer Lipman, November 11, 2010

At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, the Great War, the one that was supposed to end all wars, came to an end with the signing of an armistice.

The fighting began in June of 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and pitted the Allied powers, including Britain and France, against the German, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian armies. Some nine million soldiers died in the trenches and on the battlefields of Flanders, Ypres and the Somme.

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On this day: the Balfour Declaration

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2010

Hailed as a “Jewish triumph” in that week’s JC, the Balfour Declaration is one of the most significant texts in the history of the Zionist movement.

Following a War cabinet meeting on the subject, it was a formal statement by the British government saying that they “View with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.

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Jewish WW1 soldiers reburied

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2010

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined in France this week by 12 veterans from the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, as the Prince dedicated the first new Commonwealth War Graves cemetery for 50 years.

Two thousand people gathered at Fromelles, near Lille, for the reburial of 250 British and Australian soldiers on the 94th anniversary of the battle in which they were killed.

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Harry Potter star to play soldier

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2010

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is to be sent down into the trenches for his next film role.

The Jewish actor, 20, will attempt to shake off his teenage wizard image in a remake of First World War classic All Quiet On The Western Front.

The actor, who comes from London and is currently wowing audiences on a Broadway stage, will play a young German soldier in the film.

The original, based on a book, was released in 1930 and won an Oscar for the director.

Producer Ian Stokell said the actor would bring a vulnerability and innocence to the part.

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We can look back on the Great War with pride

By Martin Gilbert, November 6, 2008

Each year, on the evening of November 10, a remarkable ceremony takes place at Victoria Station. This year will be no exception.

Eighty-eight years ago, at 8.32 in the evening, the body of the British Unknown Soldier arrived at platform eight. The coffin rested overnight in the station.

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