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