MARTINE Murphy's mother Josephine Elizabeth Cassidy, nee Sharples,
often tells a story about an act of kindness by the Jewish community
in December, 1940.
"My mother and her family lived in Salford at that time," Martine
"She was only four, but remembers that when her home was blitzed
and her father was in hospital with tuberculosis, her mother had
nowhere to go.
"A synagogue took the family in. My mother remembers marble columns
and many people sleeping there. She remembers a man verbally abusing
her mother and snatching her pillow.
"She thought it might have been because her mother was Irish.
Her mother and all the children started crying and a rabbi came
over. He moved them to a partitioned section and gave them back
"They then provided presents for the children because it was Christmas.
They took the family to visit my grandfather and when he died, they
gave my grandmother a black coat for the funeral.
"My mother was then evacuated until the family found another home."
Josephine suffers from Alzheimer's, but still remembers the kindness
of this rabbi.
The family moved to 12 Olive Street, Lower Broughton, Salford,
which Martine believes was near the synagogue.
She would like to hear from anyone who recognises the synagogue
and the rabbi.
NORMAN Goldstone, of Leeds, is trying to find two of his friends
from his army service.
Norman, who now goes by the surname Stone, was stationed at RAF
Turn House, near Edinburgh, with the 289 Squadron in 1944.
His best friends were Melvin Zimmerman, of Manchester, and Cyril
Tobias, of Glasgow.
Norman, who recently celebrated his 64th wedding anniversary to
Pauline, recalls that Melvin, whose family had a fresh fish shop,
was due to be sent to Australia, but the war ended.
He arranged to meet the pair in Manchester in 1945. But after
10 minutes at the Ritz, Melvin and Cyril went off with girls and
Norman never saw them again.
Norman would like to hear from the pair's families.
Telephone 0113-268 0772.
AUTHOR Hilary Thomas is currently working on a book on the Jewish
community of Oldham.
She has uncovered several news items regarding various Manchester
Jewish minstrel troupes which entertained at the Oldham Workhouse
in the early 1900s.
Hilary would like to know if these troupes were part of a Masonic
Lodge or Friendly Society?
She has discovered the names of some members in 1903 as being
M Laski, S Bernard, J Mamlock, P Clyne, M Bergbloom and B Matz.
She also found that in 1921, the Solly Olsberg Lodge of Manchester
had its own troupe.
Contact Hilary on 0161-928 6242 or email email@example.com
ERIC Moonman is looking for any descendants of EJ Moonman, who
left Liverpool on December 16, 1907. He was 23 and bound for Halifax,
Details: Eric on 0207-607 7761.
To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at
Please include your home address and contact telephone number.