Bernard Kops, the acclaimed East End-born dramatist, poet and novelist, has taken on the mantle of JEECS honorary life president in succession to the late Professor Bill Fishman.
We are delighted – and honoured – to welcome Bernard, long a great supporter of JEECS, as our new president.
Back in 2006, just ahead of his 80th birthday, Bernard gave a fascinating interview to JEECS magazine The Cable. In tribute to his new position as JEECS president, the interview is republished below.
Holocaust survivor Henry Glanz, 92, sounded the shofah with a vigour belying his years at the close of the Holocaust Memorial Day Interfaith Commemoration at the East London Central Synagogue in Nelson Street on February 1. Henry came to England in 1939 on the last of the Kindertransport.
Isaac Rosenberg, one of the greatest of the First World War poets and a talented artist, has not received the widespread recognition he deserves. The time has come to remedy this. Click on http://rosenbergww1.weebly.com/ or use the link above to go the Rosenberg Appeal website for more details.
Boris Bennett (1900-85), born Boris Sochaczewska in Poland and known professionally as just Boris, was famed for bringing Hollywood glamour to an impoverished area of east London. His Whitechapel Road studio was the fashionable location for wedding couples and families in the 1930s and 1940s.
Memorial Trust seeks relatives and friends of those killed in the Second World War’s worst civilian disaster.
Was a member of your family or a friend a victim of the Bethnal Green tube disaster, the worst civilian disaster of the Second World War? Do you recognise any of the names below? If so, Sandra Scotting, secretary of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust, which seeks to ensure the tragedy is never forgotten, would love to hear from you.