Online war projects Jewish myth

WE Were There Too, the online portal which records and commemorates the contribution of British Jewry to the First World War, has reported a successful first six months for its expanding North-West project.

At a presentation at Menorah Synagogue (Cheshire Reform), North-West project manager, Rodney Ross announced that the team had visited a number of schools and spoken to more than 450 young people.

A further 13 events in the region nearly doubled that audience figure.

Rodney said: “We have made tremendous progress and we have really got the community thinking about possible stories within their own families and those of their circle of friends.

“Importantly we have uncovered some 80 stories and we know that there are many more out there to be discovered.”

The main project partner is the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade, along with AJEX.

Colonel Martin Newman, AJEX vice-president responsible for public relations, said: “The project is important in so many ways in educating our own Jewish community and the wider public about the contribution made by Jews during two world wars and subsequent conflicts.

“With a noticeable increase in antisemitism, it helps us dispel any distractions that Jews did not serve.

“In reality, they served in disproportionately high numbers, which was also reflected in casualties and gallantry awards.”

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