First World War

Hunt for grave finally ends after 20 years

By Josh Jackman, March 26, 2015

A Jewish Care volunteer has found the unmarked grave of her aunt, killed in a First World War Zeppelin attack, after a 20-year-long search.

Janet Foster, a retired civil servant, plans to place a plaque at the burial site on June 3, the 100th anniversary of Leah Lehrman's death.

Ms Lehrman was 16 when she died in June 1915, on her way to work as a tailor in central London.


These dedicated knitters are top of the poppies

November 27, 2014

Southend and Westcliff Community Centre members Annie Lewis, 94, and Phyllis Jacobs, 84, have knitted over 800 poppies to mark Armistice Day, raising over £2,000 for the British Legion and local Jewish Care services.

To mark their contribution, a cele-bratory tea was held at which they were praised for their efforts.

Both women reside in independent living apartments in Jewish Care's Shebso


A day of memories for young and old

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

From London to the Tyne, Cardiff to France, dozens of branches and hundreds of Jewish ex-servicemen and women marched past the Cenotaph on Sunday at the 80th annual Ajex remembrance parade.

More than 1,200 veterans attended, an increase on last year's figure of 900.


How letters of love kept soldier alive

By Josh Jackman, October 30, 2014

A First World War officer's heartbreaking letters to his wife written while in prisoner of war camps are being released 100 years after he signed up.

Lieutenant Otto Feldman, a Czech officer, left behind two daughters and a pregnant wife to join the Austro-Hungarian army in November 1914. He wouldn't meet his son for six years.


Gaza adds poignancy to candlelit memorial

By Daniel Easterman, August 7, 2014

Jewish leaders and former soldiers gathered for a candlelit service on Monday to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

The event, jointly organised by the Board of Deputies2014-08-07 17:39:18 +0100, was part of the national "Lights Out" campaign, which called on people to switch off their lights in unison to mark the moment Britain entered the Great War in 1914.


Community marks First World War centenary

By Daniel Easterman, August 5, 2014

Jewish leaders from across the community gathered together for a candlelit service to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.


A soldier's story: longing for home amid the carnage of the trenches

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2014

Marcus Segal enlisted at 17, entering the London Regiment straight from school in September 1914.

Standing only 5ft 2in tall, he became a Second Lieutenant in the 16th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment a year later.

During his years of service he wrote more than 150 letters to his family, charting the tribulations of being Jewish on the frontline.


The outbreak of the First World War - as told in the pages of the JC

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2014

Memories of the Russian pogroms and concern over whether war would provoke antisemitism in Britain were at the forefront of Anglo-Jewish minds when the First World War began a century ago this week.


The role we must not forget

By Helen Grant, August 1, 2014

Just about everybody, I hope, must be aware that this year is the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. The next four years will see countless events, large and small, marking it in a multitude of different ways.

And it will be truly worldwide. The First World War was just that: the first time a military conflict had touched every corner of the world.


Fighting with the enemy - the Kaiser’s Jewish soldiers

By Rosa Doherty, July 31, 2014

When war broke out in 1914 German Jews joined their county’s armed forces in their thousands.

“Jews had a profound sense of commitment to the German fatherland during the First World War,” said Toby Simpson, the learning and engagement manager at the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide.