Second World War

Sybil Wayne attends Sinclair House ceremony

May 30, 2008

Sybil Wayne, 93, a member of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, was invited to attend a ceremony at Sinclair House, the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. At the event, Jewish Care joined forces with Ajex to pay tribute to civilians who served as fire fighters with the Auxiliary Fire Service during the Second World War. As the journey was too much for her, Mrs Wayne received her certificate by post.

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WWII memories sought after

May 2, 2008

The Experience Centre in Horsforth is seeking people from the Jewish community who lived through the Second World War in order to interview them about their experiences. Co-ordinator Carol Vickers said: “We need testimonies from the Jewish community. Whether people were in the armed forces, civilians, conscientious objectors or evacuees, we need to preserve their stories.” More information on 0113 258 4993.

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Bomber drops in

By Rachel Fletcher, May 2, 2008

An apology by a former German bomber pilot has been welcomed by Jewish war veterans and others.

Willi Schludecker, 87, returned to Bath last week to apologise for three raids on the city in April 1942, in which he had taken part.

Mr Schludecker, one of the Luftwaffe’s most decorated pilots, dropped nearly 4,000kg of bombs on the city.

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Wanted man loses appeal

April 25, 2008

An alleged Nazi war criminal has lost his extradition appeal in the High Court of Australia, which ruled six-to-one against the appeal by Charles Zentai, 85. He is wanted in his native Hungary on charges that he murdered an 18-year-old Jewish boy in Budapest in 1944.

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Travels with my father the 'spy'

By Alex Kasriel, April 25, 2008

Stuart Urban’s film about his dad’s wartime adventures led to some welcome family bonding, he tells Alex Kasriel

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Ajex looks to future

By Jodie Mablin, April 25, 2008

New Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women chairman Peter Wagerman insists that the organisation has a bright future, despite a dwindling pool of old soldiers from the Second World War.

Although disappointed that just 40 members attended the recent annual meeting at Hillel House, Euston, Dr Wagerman maintained that “Ajex has suddenly become a very busy place. The impetus is education and since the school curriculum teaches about World War Two, we can relate to the next generation.”

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