Idey Alexander, c.1919 “I am still ok and living”, wrote Australian Jewish soldier, eighteen year old Idey Alexander from the French battlefields, to his sisters in Melbourne in the days following the Armistice of WW1. These words begin his letter …
The Jewish Museum of Australia has a collection that is mainly comprised of donated items by the local community. Each piece in the collection has a history and story to go with it. The items featured in this story may form part of an upcoming exhibition the Museum curatorial team is developing to mark the centenary of World War I. The show will explore the significant contribution of Australian Jews to the war effort, as well as the impact of the war on Jewish communities at home and abroad.