We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post-war Britain

We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post-war Britain

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The story of the Jewish ex-servicemen who fought against Oswald Mosley after World War II

In 1946 many Jewish soldiers returned to their homes in England imagining that they had fought and defeated the forces of fascism in Europe. Yet in London they found a revived fascist movement inspired by Sir Oswald Mosley and stirring up agitation against Jews and communists. Many felt that the government, the police and even the Jewish Board of Deputies were ignoring the threat; so they had to take matters into their own hands, by any means necessary.

Forty-three Jewish servicemen met together and set up a group that tirelessly organized, infiltrated meetings, and broke up street demonstrations to stop the rebirth of the far right. The group included returned war heroes; women who went undercover; and young Jews, such as hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, seeking adventure. From 1947, the 43 Group grew into a powerful troop that could muster hundreds of fighters turning meetings into mass street brawls at short notice.

The history of the 43 Group is not just a gripping story of a forgotten moment in Britain’s postwar history; it is also a timely lesson in how to confront fascism, and how to win.

Title:We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post-war Britain
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781788733243
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    We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post-war Britain Reviews

  • Rachael

    The story of young men and women coming out of the fog of world war 2 to find that their fight was not yet over. The fascist groups which had been dormant during the war attempted to make a return and...

  • TheDeityChildren

    Before this books, I don’t think I’d ever thought about fascism directly after World War 2. In retrospect, it’s obvious fascism would still exist right after World War 2, but I guess I never rea...

  • Sanders

    The persistence of fascismThis is a book that deals with a much neglected episode in history that illustrates the pervasiveness of fascism and anti-Semitism even after the horrors perpetrated by its f...

  • Siobhan Markwell

    This was a very detailed historical account of the 43 Group's violent battle to keep fascist provocateurs in their box in England and focuses most closely on East London (Bethnal Green) and Hackney. I...