Published: 28/11/2015
ISBN: 9781785890093
eISBN: 9781785894909
Format: Paperback/eBook

The Rabbi in the Green Jacket: Memories of Jewish Buckinghamshire, 1939 – 1945 is fascinating! What a lot of rich history. One thing that was particularly interesting for me was the bit about the kibbutz in Buckinghamshire, as I had no idea about that. It must have taken a long time to research. Well done!!

Rebecca Taylor, Editor, Jewish Renaissance more

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The Rabbi in the Green Jacket
Memories of Jewish Buckinghamshire, 1939 – 1945
by Vivien and Deborah Samson

September 1939 Britain declares war against Nazi Germany. Jewish refugees, some lone children, make a desperate bid for freedom. Many never see their families again. The few that make it to Britain find new danger, bombing. They join the exodus of evacuees, including British-born Jews, to the relative safety of the countryside. It is a heart-pounding uncertain escape. Hitler is likely to invade Britain, and bring about their final destruction. Yet the survival instinct allows continuation of day-to-day living in the hope there is a safe future.

Buckinghamshire, with direct trains to London, is ideal for commuters. Jewish residents are quick to do everything they can for Britain.

Contributors include historians Professor David Cesarani and Yanky Fachler. Amongst notable wartime residents are Professor Alice Shalvi, (social activist) Brian Tesler (former head of London Weekend Television), and the Italian Rosselli sisters, whose father and uncle were murdered by fascists, and lived in Buckinghamshire with writer Amelia Pincherle Rosselli.

Research and interviews uncover a rabbi, like a symbol of hope, energy and life, wearing a green jacket and riding a motorbike, but who is the mysterious rabbi in the green jacket?

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Jewish Telegraph

A fascinating book, which I greatly enjoyed especially since my Rabbi's family lived in Amersham, Buckinghamshire and my fellow researcher's father was born in Shardloes in Amersham.

Evacuation and wartime brought many challenges and this book documents life in the Bucinghamshire Countryside. It has made me think differently about that world that the Amersham train I see on the Metropolitan Line is heading to.

by Nigel Grizzard


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