London Jewish Museum integrates Military Museum collection

London Jewish Museum integrates Military Museum collection

Screen shot 2014-11-12 at 17.36.14The Jewish Military Museum’s collection of wartime diaries, medals and uniforms is to be integrated into the permanent galleries of London’s Jewish Museum.

The new partnership will see the transfer from their current home of over 4,000 objects which help to tell the stories of individual Jewish men and women who have served in the British Armed Forces for over three centuries.

The collection includes personal letters, diaries and photographs, medals, uniforms including original handwritten posters by the first Jewish chaplain on the Front Line, Reverend Michael Adler; the Victoria Cross of Tommy Gould, who saved the lives of those aboard his submarine, HMS Thrasher.

Abigail Morris, Chief Executive of the Jewish Museum London, said: “The addition of these fascinating objects to the Jewish Museum will enrich our storytelling and allow us to highlight the contribution of Jewish Servicemen and Women to Britain. This partnership is also an important step in the Jewish Museum’s ambitions to be a hub for British Jewish culture, history, and identity.”

Henry Morris, Founder and President of the Jewish Military Museum, said: “The Jewish Military Museum was founded in 1996 by AJEX to honour the service given by Jews to the British Armed Forces from the 18th century until the present day. During this time 200,000 Jews have served, more than 6,000 died and many more have been wounded.”

“They have also served with distinction; eight Jewish soldiers have received the Victoria Cross. Our partnership with the Jewish Museum London will illustrate this clearly as a fundamental part of the history of Anglo-Jewry.”  

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