Michael Greisman, whose wonderful historic photograph compilations have featured in our magazine The Cable and on our website, has done it again with a collection of portraits of Jewish Servicemen and Servicewomen – many from the East End – who served with the British armed services during World War Two.
Jews in Uniform features a restored photograph from each of the 100+ contributors (half originated from the East End) with a biography detailing their war-time experiences and memories plus brief details of their lives before and after the war. It also includes an Introduction by the historian Martin Sugarman, again no stranger to readers of The Cable and the website, who is Archivist at the Jewish Military Museum and author of Fighting Back.
There is also a recommended reading list.
Michael Greisman told us: “I wanted to show that the Jewish community participated in every aspect of the war effort – from front-line services in the Army, Navy and Air Force to the Fire and Ambulance Services, the Security Services, the Civil Defence and ARP, the Land Army and Home Guard.”
It is a hardback book, 240 pages, approx A4 size, and costs £25.It can be purchased from Amazon, book shops or directly from the distributor, York Publishing Services (www.yps-publishing.co.uk tel: 01904 431213).
Stanley Rosenthal, born in the City of London, was a Navigator in RAF Bomber Command, flying Mosquitos. Completed 34 missions.
.Louisa Frumkin, born in Clapton, was a Civil Defence Warden throughout the war.
Max Swirsky (back row, far right), born in Mile End, served with The Rangers in Egypt and later Greece where he was killed in 1942.
Stanley Brilliant, born in Hackney, was a pilot in the Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for sinking a U-boat.