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.