43 MEM­O­RIES

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As one of the few sur­viv­ing (now in my late 80s) mem­bers of the 43 Group, your ar­ti­cle ( JC, Oct 9) was of much in­ter­est to me. It brought back many mem­o­ries. Pa­trolling the streets of Stam­ford Hill, pro­tect­ing Jewish schools and yeshivas. Break­ing up fas­cist meet­ings. Fight­ing along­side Vi­dal Sas­soon, and many more sto­ries.

It was in­ter­est­ing you write that Gerry Flam­berg changed his name for se­cu­rity. I too was con­cerned, es­pe­cially when re­turn­ing home alone late at night, fear­ing I may be fol­lowed, es­pe­cially af­ter hav­ing been badly beaten up. For­tu­nately, one of the fas­cist thugs, my hav­ing been pulled to the ground, was pulling my arm over my head, in­tent on steal­ing my watch. This saved my head be­ing kicked in, the blows fall­ing on my arm and ribs, which got bro­ken.

The orig­i­nal meet­ings of the group were held in Mac­cabi, Com­payne Gar­dens, at­tended by 43 lads. Hence the name the 43 Group. My brother, a well-known aca­demic, when on a visit to Canada, was in­ter­viewed by immigration of­fi­cials, be­cause of my in­volve­ment with the 43 Group which they con­sid­ered a sub­ver­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion and there­fore me a sub­ver­sive. Sam Needle­man Lon­don, NW4

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