Mil­i­tary DVD film

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY RACHEL FLETCHER

A DVD high­light­ing the Jewish con­tri­bu­tion to the armed forces over 250 years has been pro­duced by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Jewish Ex-Ser­vice­men and Women.

The 30-minute film, spon­sored by the Pears Foun­da­tion, goes from the bat­tles against the French in 1759 to the Bri­tish Jews who fought in World War Two. It in­cludes rarely seen ar­chive footage and the tes­ti­monies of ex-ser­vice­men and women. Five Jews re­ceived the Vic­to­ria Cross for hero­ism in the First World War, and three in World War Two.

Also fea­tured is the Bri­tish lib­er­a­tion of Ber­gen-Belsen and the up­ris­ing of Bri­tish Jews against Oswald Mosley’s fas­cists.

Ajex spokesman Harold Burgh said the aim was “to reach as wide an au­di­ence as pos­si­ble, both Jewish and nonJewish, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on the younger gen­er­a­tion. We should be justly proud of th­ese achieve­ments on the part of our fel­low Jews.”

Copies are avail­able with­out charge from Ajex, which hopes that view­ers will make a do­na­tion to its wel­fare fund.

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