Second World War

Kristallnacht diary comes home - 70 years late

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 1, 2011

A diary of a German Jewish refugee girl, lost for 70 years and bought in England for a few pounds by an amateur Jewish book collector, has been returned to its original owner.

In 1942, Eva Wurm lost a personal treasure after escaping Nazi Germany. It was a small notebook known as a Poesiealbum, a fashion for German girls whose friends and confidantes filled the books with poems and messages.

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Review: The List

By David Herman, November 21, 2011

By Martin Fletcher
Thomas Dunne Books, £17.99

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Newton names Soudry

By Stephanie Brickman, November 17, 2011

The Remembrance Day service at Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation was the first public engagement for Rev Aharon Soudry as the official minister of the community.

Mr Soudry had been conducting services for the congregation for two months as a temporary measure since the departure of Rabbi Danny Bergson.

His previous appointment at Garnethill Hebrew Congregation came to an end in August 2010.

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On parade to remember the lives that were lost

November 17, 2011

Many communities took part in Remembrance Day services to pay their respects to fallen soldiers.

A service in Radlett, conducted by Rabbi Leo Dee of Radlett Synagogue, Rabbi Paul Freedman of Radlett and Bushey Reform and Reverend William Hogg of Christ Church, drew a crowd of 800 people, among them teenagers from Radlett United's Tribe Challenge course.

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Farewell at sea for Mr Loophole's officer uncle

By Angela Epstein, November 17, 2011

On a June night in 1944, all was dark and quiet as the 13-man crew of the small D-Day landing craft slowly approached the south coast on its return journey from Normandy.

But just four miles from the safety of Portsmouth harbour, disaster struck. The small craft collided with HMS Rodney, a 34,000-ton battleship, which sliced the boat in half.

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Still marching, the Ajex heroes who defy time

By Michael Freedland, November 17, 2011

It is not unknown for Jews to make up new words. It is part of the psyche of a people as rich in vocabulary as in history. But there is one four-letter word that is wonderfully redolent of service to the Anglo-Jewish community. It will not be found in any dictionary. It is frequently misspelt. But at this time of year, in particular, it should be on the lips of every thinking British Jew.

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Halloween play cancelled - Nazi references 'inappropriate'

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

A playwright has cancelled his Halloween ghost tours performances, which have parts set during the Second World War, because the body that commissioned the work, English Heritage, did not want him to focus on the Nazis or Jews.

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On this day: The Blitz begins

By Hannah Tosh, September 7, 2011

Nazi Germany started bombing Britain in September 1940. The bombings continued on for 76 consecutive days - until May 10 1941 - as Germany attempted to destroy Britain's infrastructure and cripple the country's war economy.

It was reported at the time that the attacks were the worst offence committed by Germany since the war began.

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Review: There's No Home

By David Herman, September 5, 2011

By Alexander Baron
Sort of Books, £7.99

Alec Baron was one of the outstanding Jewish writers of the post-war period and, thanks to a group of small publishers, we have been re-introduced to his best novels. His two great subjects were the Second World War and London and There's No Home is the second in his war trilogy.

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On this day: Germany invades Poland

By Hannah Tosh, September 1, 2011

For the second time in less than 20 years Britain and France were declaring war on Germany, this time, for the invasion of Poland.

Hitler's obsession with expanding Germany into a greater nation with more "Lebensraum" (living space) began with the Polish territories.

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