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Jewish soldiers returned to Britain after WWII believing they had defeated fascism in Europe. Yet in London they faced a revived fascist movement, inspired by Oswald Mosley, stirring up agitation against Jews and communists.
We Fight Fascists is the story of the 43 Jewish ex-servicemen and women – the 43 Group – who fought back. Their numbers quickly swelled as they were joined by gentiles and younger Jews, including hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, who used the tools of his trade – scissors – to beat the fascists.
Bidisha is a broadcaster, film-maker and journalist specialising in international human rights, socialjustice and the arts.
Harry Kaufman was born in Walthamstow in 1931. Joining the 43 Group at just sixteen years old, he was for a long time the Group’s youngest member. He left the Group in 1949 when he was called up for his National Service.
Jules Konopinski was born in Breslau, Germany in 1930, and escaped to Britain with his mother in 1939. He joined the 43 Group when he was 17 and had a reputation for being a tough young fighter.
Daniel Sonabend is a writer and historian. For the past six years he has been researching the 43 Group which has culminated in the publication of his first book We Fight Fascists.