FOR­EVER FRIENDS

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Iam seek­ing the next-of-kin, or any­one who knew of my old col­league, De­nis Phillip Klie­man. He was a Na­tional Ser­vice soldier serv­ing with REME in Neu­mun­ster, Ger­many, who died due to the pres­sures put upon him be­cause of his Jewish faith in strongly an­ti­semitic times, be­fore the state of Is­rael was for­mally de­clared.

De­nis and I were sta­tioned at 16th Air­borne Work­shops, Neu­mun­ster, which was part of the Bri­tish Army of the Rhine. Un­for­tu­nately, De­nis let his re­li­gion be shown as ‘’Jew’’ in his pay­book and paid a bit­ter price for it with end­less guard du­ties and vic­tim­i­sa­tion of the worst kind by Of­fi­cers and NCOs who had just come back from Pales­tine with a ha­tred for us.

I kept a low pro­file as I let them put ‘‘C of E’’ in my pay­book but my very name aroused some sus­pi­cion.

One day in the mess din­ing hall, I heard the sound of a ri­fle shot from a Lee En­field Ri­fle, and rushed up­stairs to De­nis’s room to see him dead and cov­ered in blood from a bul­let.

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