Second World War

Kicking out falsehoods

By Robert Low, January 20, 2014

There can rarely have been more of an innocent abroad than Lance-Corporal Ron Jones at the start of the Second World War. Born near Newport, he was working in a Cardiff steel forgings factory when he was called up by the South Wales Borderers as a result, he claims, of a clerical error, a fact that still nettles him at the age of 96.


Remember our fallen and fight for our future, say Jewish ex-servicemen and women

By Sandy Rashty, November 8, 2013

Most people know of Ajex —the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women — as the people who parade down Whitehall every November to commemorate fallen comrades.


Hero soldiers honoured by Yad Vashem

By Rosa Doherty, October 24, 2013

Yad Vashem honoured the relatives of five British PoWs this week by naming them Righteous Amongst the Nations in a ceremony at the House of Lords.

Also receiving the awards, presented by Israeli envoy Daniel Taub, were the relatives of a Lithuanian and a Polish citizen.


Hundreds protest at funeral of Nazi war criminal

By Charlotte Oliver, October 16, 2013

The funeral of a Nazi war criminal was cancelled at the last minute in Italy yesterday, after protesters broke into the compound where the ceremony was taking place.


Silver service is finally honoured

By John Fisher, September 30, 2013

Former Leeds United chairman Leslie Silver has been belatedly honoured for wartime services.

Mr Silver has received the new Bomber Command Clasp in recognition of his contribution to the RAF during the Second World War. He took part in some 44 operations in Europe and 20 in the Far East.


Wanted: war stories from heroes of WWII

By Sandy Rashty, September 13, 2013

A new group is launching a UK-wide campaign to collect stories and memorabilia from Jewish men and women who served in the British army during the Second World War.

The Association of Jewish War Heroes has been set up to amass material to fill a new section of the Latrun military museum in Israel that will be dedicated to war heroes from Britain.


Two heroes who cleared the path to reconciliation

By Miranda Seymour, September 5, 2013

Arriving in London as a young girl from Germany in the early 1960s, the woman who is today my German teacher found herself friendless and desperately short of funds. Her kindly rescuer was an elderly businessman who had come to England as a refugee from Nazi Germany, back in 1935. He gave Friederike a job and found her a place to live.


Cross removed from Jewish pilot's Second World War grave

By Zoe Winograd, August 30, 2013

This week marks the end of a two-year campaign by the family of Second World War hero pilot Cyril Anekstein to have a cross removed from his grave and replaced by a star of David.

Squadron Leader Anekstein was killed during a RAF bombing mission over Germany in August 1943 and buried in the Rheinberg cemetery.


‘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.


Normandy competition

By Sandy Rashty, August 9, 2013

The daughter of a Second World War veteran has launched a competition for schools to highlight the heroism of troops in the D-Day invasion.

Rachelle Goldberg launched the project to commemorate her late father, Sidney Goldberg, who fought in the Normandy landings of 1944.