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WATCH: First Jewish war memorial unveiled in UK

In 1961, Jewish ex-servicemen and women remembered fallen heroes

A memorial commemorating Jews who fought for the British Commonwealth during the two world wars is unveiled in Britain in 1961 (Screenshot of newsreel footage from YouTube)
A memorial commemorating Jews who fought for the British Commonwealth during the two world wars is unveiled in Britain in 1961 (Screenshot of newsreel footage from YouTube)

In this newsreel, members of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women conduct a ceremony in Willesden, North London. During the event, a memorial is unveiled, dedicated to British Jews who fell while fighting for the British Commonwealth during the two world wars.

“The consecration was performed by the chief rabbi, Dr. Israel Brodie,” the narrator announces. “Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer unveiled the memorial.”

Hebrew and English script on the monument commemorate the many thousands of Jews who died serving Britain.

“Their name liveth forevermore,” the inscription concludes.

(The Associated Press and Movietone News recently released their vast video archives on YouTube, allowing the public to freely access a million minutes worth of historical news clips dating back to 1895 — including many iconic scenes from Israel’s history featured in this Times of Israel series.)

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