Where: Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, Norrice Lea London N2 0RE
Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm
The 43 group, all veterans of WWII were the Jews who attacked and destroyed Mosley’s post-war anti-Semitic Fascist party which agitated against the Jewish community even after the end of the war.
An opportunity to honour the heroism of the 43 Group and those following in their footsteps; the 62, MAHAL and the CST. In the programme: exhibition, recollections, a documentary film (narrated by Harold Pinter), a reception and much more.
Join us and bring your youngsters to learn about the history of those times from the heroes still with us.
We will also honour members of Searchlight who were not Jeiwsh and supported 43 and 62 Groups and worked in close collaboration with CST.
The Spiro Ark, Jewish Cultural and Educational Trust, presents:
Standing up to fascism – A celebration of the 43 Group, who fought fascism in postwar Britain, and those who fight fascism today
The 43 Group consisted of Jewish ex-servicemen and women who stood shoulder to shoulder with non-Jews to halt Oswald Mosley’s attempt to revitalise a fascist movement in postwar Britain. Between 1946 and 1952 they combined intelligence gathering and street fighting to drive Mosley’s thugs from our streets. In 1948 many supporters of the 43 Group volunteered for MAHAL. A decade later old 43 Group members and a younger generation formed a new group that fought fascism using similar tactics. The 1962 Committee, better known as the 62 Group, carried on an intelligence-led battle against the remnants of Mosley’s Union Movement, the original British National Party, Colin Jordan’s National Socialist Movement and the emerging National Front. The internationally famous Searchlight magazine and its campaigning, research and educational arms arose out of this struggle. And today’s Jewish Community Security Trust grew from these roots, learning from those who had led in earlier years. Today the largest ever anti-fascist campaign in Britain, HOPE not hate, works together with many of these veterans to defeat the British National Party and defend democracy. You can meet the veterans of the 43 and 62 Groups and MAHAL, and today’s activists at an evening event on Sunday 15 February. The programme includes short talks, a film about the 43 Group narrated by the late Harold Pinter, an exhibition of unique material, a bookstall with most items free and refreshments. Bring your family and especially the next generation to an event that will help them hold up their heads in today’s troubled times.
Sunday 15 February 2009, at 6.30 for 7pm
At Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, Norrice Lea, London N2 0RE
Nearest Tube East Finchley (Northern Line Barnet branch). Bus route 102.
The fight goes on
Entrance £10, concessions for senior citizens, children and students.
The Spiro Ark, 25-26 Enford Street, London W1H 1DW
For more information, visit www.spiroark.org.