For King and Country? An audio tour of the exhibition with curator Roz Currie
To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the Jewish Museum London and the Jewish Military Museum are co-curating this major new exhibition exploring the Jewish experience of the Great War.
Over 50,000 Jewish soldiers fought for Britain during the First World War, sharing in the horror and loss experienced by the whole country. This exhibition tells personal stories of loyalty and service while uncovering narratives of those who didn't fight. It also looks at the lives of the British Jews who experienced war away from the battlefield.
Subscribers to Jewish Renaissance can read much more about the exhibition in the April 2014 issue of the magazine, but here's a chance to share Judi Herman's tour of the exhibition guided by curator Roz Currie, curator of the Jewish Military Museum in Hendon and of For King and Country? The tour starts with 'Onward', the Hymn of the Jewish Legion by Pinchos Jassinowsky, sung in Yiddish, specially recorded by the Jewish Male Choir for the exhibition.
The tour ends with the version of the Memorial Prayer El Male Rachamim adapted for those who fell in the Great War as displayed in a prayer book in the exhibition, sung in Hebrew by London Male Choir member Robert Davis. You will also hear voices from the exhibition, Florence Greenberg voiced by Kate Lock and Marcus Segal voiced by Tom Barratt. Additional readings from the writings of Isaac Rosenberg by Jon Fiber and from Jewish Chaplain to HM Forces Reverend Michael Adler by Stephen Harris-Pryce.
For King and Country? continues to 10 August at the Jewish Museum, 129-131 Albert Street, London NW1 7NB www.jewishmusuem.org.uk
The Jewish Military Museum is at Shield House, Harmony Way, London NW4 2BZ www.thejmm.org.uk.