First World War

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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Merseyside Ajex members nvited to a WW1 unveiling ceremony

October 24, 2008

Members of Merseyside Ajex were invited to an unveiling ceremony to honour Captain Noel Chavasse who died in battle in the First World War.

A memorial statue was unveiled in Abercromby Square in memory of Captain Chavasse who had been awarded the Victoria Cross.

Liverpool Ajex members at the ceremony included chairman Mervin Kingston and standard bearer Gerald Lipson, and from London, Walter Hart who placed a Magen David by the statue in memory of local Jewish members of the armed forces who died in the war.

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The dead poet riding on the Tube

By Dana Gloger, September 19, 2008

An anti-war poem war by the late Isaac Rosenberg is to be displayed on the Underground.


When poet Isaac Rosenberg wrote On Receiving News of the War, he certainly would not have expected, that 90 years later, three-and-a-half million Tube passengers a day would be reading his work. But from Monday, the poem will be one of six displayed in 3,000 carriages across London's Underground network, as part of this year's autumn season of the Poems on the Underground scheme, which displays poetry on Tube trains for more than six months every year.

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