Lewes History Group talk: The impact of the First World War on the Jewish community in Sussex – Monday 10 January 2022, 7:20 for 7:30pm start

A Zoom Webinar

Diana Wilkins: The impact of the First World War on the Jewish community in Sussex

To start 2022, Lewes History Group’s speaker, Dr Diana Wilkins shares research into local Jewish lives between 1914-1918, including military experiences, family histories and religious traditions.

The centenary of the First World War has stimulated a wealth of new research. One project which looked at the effect of the conflict on local communities was Shalom Sussex. This volunteer-led research focused on the experiences of the county’s long-established Jewish community.

During the First World War, local Jewish people enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regiment, provided nursing care or offered charitable support. Diana’s talk will tell the stories of some those involved, from soldiers who gave their lives on the battlefield, to entertainers such as the musical duo Terris and Romaine, to colourful figures like the diamond-millionaire, Barney Barnato.

She will also describe the more complex aspects of the war years, such as the difficulties faced by British families with German origins and the war-time protests of Siegfried Sassoon. Alongside this, Diana will highlight the Jewish history of some well-known places, including Brighton’s Palace pier, Nymans Gardens in Horsham and Highdown Gardens in Worthing.

Maud Messel, Balcombe
Staff at The Knowle VAD hospital Balcombe, Maud Messel is seated left. Image thanks to Shalom Sussex

To join this talk, you need to
1) register your intention in advance
2) receive our confirmation email with a link to the talk
3) click on that link to attend the talk 10 minutes before it starts

LHG Members can attend our talks for free. We will send members emails with a link to Zoom registration. Then please follow steps 1, 2, and 3 as above. 

Non-members can buy a ticket (£4) from TicketSource. The ticket will provide a link to Zoom registration. Then please follow steps 1, 2, and 3 as above.

Please join the webinar at 7:20pm.

We would recommend a computer screen or an iPad as a minimum screen-size for viewing our webinars.

Our presenters will be speaking live, and you can ask questions by typing in the Q&A box in Zoom.

See the Talks page for a list of  forthcoming monthly events organised by the Lewes History Group.