Editorial: For V-J Day, remember Brigadier Orde Wingate
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Editorial: For V-J Day, remember Brigadier Orde Wingate

As the community marks 75-years since the end of the Second World War, with victory over Japan, this week we say thank you to those who served

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Orde Wingate, known in Israel simply as "The Friend" enters Addis Ababa on horseback in 1941 (Wikipedia/Source	IDF Archive)
Orde Wingate, known in Israel simply as "The Friend" enters Addis Ababa on horseback in 1941 (Wikipedia/Source IDF Archive)

Jewish focus on the horrors of the Second World War spotlights, for very good reason, the European theatre of conflict.

Yet as we prepare to mark this weekend’s 75th anniversary of VJ Day, when Imperial Japan surrendered in 1945 finally to bring the global bloodshed to an end, it is incumbent on us to honour the bravery and sacrifices of British soldiers in the Far East.

One such hero was Brigadier Orde Wingate, a non-Jewish Zionist who fought with great distinction in Burma after training the Haganah in British Mandatory Palestine, the forerunner to the IDF.

As AJEX’s education and outreach officer Paula Kitching writes in this week’s Jewish News: “We proudly commemorate those who served in the Far East, to reflect on their courage and resilience, and to remember the brutality and horror that war can bring.”

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