First World War

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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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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