Second World War

Heroic Jewish spy honoured in Torquay

By Zoe Winograd, May 30, 2013

A Jewish agent who spied for Britain during the Second World War is to be honoured with a blue plaque at her childhood home in Torquay.

Muriel Tamara Byck, a fluent French speaker, was recruited into the Special Operations Executive in July 1943 and completed several missions in France. She died in 1944 after contracting meningitis.

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No ‘Nazis’ allowed at family event

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 17, 2013

The organisers of a family event celebrating wartime Britain have been forced to hire security staff to eject anyone who attends dressed in Nazi uniform.

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British POWs honoured in Holocaust heroes ceremony

By Sandy Rashty, April 18, 2013

British Prisoners of War who saved a Jewish girl from the Nazis were honoured as “Holocaust Heroes” by the government this week.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles presented awards to eight people who saved Jews from Nazi persecution during the Second World War.

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Ben-Gurion and the debate over Winston Churchill's funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2013

Representatives of the Jewish world including the chief rabbi and the Israeli prime minister will be at St Paul's today to bid farewell to Britain's longest serving prime minister.

In attending the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, the Israeli prime minister is following a precedent set by Israeli statesmen when Winston Churchill died.

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Call for Sunderland chair to resign over Di Canio

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2013

A leading Reform rabbi and the dean of Durham have attacked Sunderland AFC’s appointment of Paolo Di Canio as head coach.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, called on Sunderland chairman Ellis Short to resign for overlooking Mr Di Canio’s apparent fascist beliefs when hiring him this week.

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What Sylvia did in Winston Churchill's War Cabinet

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

A Jewish woman who served the British government during the Second World War still remembers Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s “grin”.

Sylvia Goodman, née Arnold, who worked in the civil service during the war, has had her lifetime collection of documents, photographs and letters showcased at the Jewish Military Museum in London.

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Eric Pickles honours UK Holocaust hero

By Sandy Rashty, March 1, 2013

Community Secretary Eric Pickles has pinpointed “the tiny acts of kindness that undermined the Nazi killing machine,” as he presented a Holocaust Hero’s Award to family members of a British prisoner of war who helped save a 16-year-old Jewish girl from the Nazis.

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Desperately seeking Netta Rose

By Anna Sheinman, February 18, 2013

Rifleman Alec Jay went to war on May 22 1940. Five days later at the siege of Calais, any clues to his Jewish identity were hastily buried in the French sand as he was taken prisoner by the Germans, spending five years in captivity.

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UN Palestine expert Falk: Hamas like French resistance

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2013

The United Nation's Palestine expert has compared Hamas terrorists to fighters with the French resistance during the Holocaust.

Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, made the comments in a piece posted on the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine website.

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Spies and silence: When politics is put before justice

By Helen Fry, January 21, 2013

With the huge success of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, and celebrations last year of the 50th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s blockbuster creation, fascination with all things relating to spies is trendy again. Of course, to get nearer to the truth of the gritty underworld that protects our shores we would do better to pick up a John le Carré novel.

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