The Second World War, the fight against the Nazi evil and their allies is today still vividly in the memory of men and women who served in the various allied armies, and I include myself.
The exact date of the war's end is not universally agreed upon. Some suggest that the war ended at the armistice with Japan on the 14th August 1945 (V-J Day), rather than on their formal surrender on September 2nd of that year. In many European histories the end is marked as the 8th of May 1945, a date which was also observed last week in Israel at a special event at Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem.
I therefore begin this programme with a report of the Walter’s World visit last week to the Jewish Military Museum in London, which has collections showing the Jewish contribution to the British Armed Forces.
Part two of the programme deals with the way Jews in Britain protect themselves against anti-Semitism and how their security organisation is successfully involved in European legislation against this evil.
Although not a war in the accepted sense, anti-Semitic incidents in the UK are increasing and the virus of anti-Semitism has even infected the British Muslim community.
Last, but not least: Some thoughts about current political events.