Sefer Kehillat Shlomo

One of the biggest mysteries in my life is a Hebrew prayer book left to me from my late father’s estate. My father left around 1/4 Million in money but this book is of enormous value, not monetary but meaningful.

People like the Royal family always talk about their past, present, history and family connections, but for me, in my family, we never even talked about it. My mother’s family doesn’t come far from Coburg, which we visited when we went Germany a few years ago.

So, when I got that book into my possession, I started to think about my family history. At the time, around 2007, I put up the pictures of this Yeshayahu Vinograds on my Myspace account and someone from the Jewish Museum In Berlin gotten back to me to tell me what it was. In 2007, the Jewish Museum in Berlin said, they would be interested in the book, which was printed in 1750 by Chajim Ben Zwi Hirsch.

As you all know my life went up-side down, because after my father’s death, and my appointment as LEA school governor, all these rumours started to appear online and also I spent 3 years at the Royal Courts of Justice with the only legal case I’ve ever lost. And so, I forgot about the book.

I spoke to a friend about it a couple of days ago, who advised me to go to the London Jewish Museum in Camden with this but as my father was from Berlin I thought that the Berlin Museum would be a better place.

The writing says: “Walter’s Hebräisches Gebetbuch”, translated: Walter’s Hebrew prayer book.

I started wondering, how is it possible, that a man who is listed as Lutheran in all my paperwork about my father, had a Jewish prayer book in his possession. The thought, that he could have taken it off a Jewish victim in World War II came into my mind and horrified me. The inscription on the bag at least seems to indicate that the prayer book actually belonged to a family member and wasn’t taken off a Jewish victim in World War II.

So, that implies that one of my father’s brothers had a Hebrew prayer book and that it belonged to him. So I now wonder, whether there was a hidden Jewish past in my family, which was concealed because that was the only way for them to survive. Incidentally Walter was drafted in as soldier in Word War II, along all my father’s brothers and my father was the only one of the brothers to survive the war.

I posted pictures of my father’s family, whom I never met some time ago on Facebook and nobody at all came forward as recognising the people in it. I can’t find a picture of Walter but only Paul. So I post the family pictures, which I think as significant and I would be grateful if anybody at all could come forward with some information if possible.

This is my father’s brother Paul and Paul is also the brother of Walter, to whom the prayer book belonged. My friend told me yesterday that there is actually a medal on the German Nazi uniform. Quite, interesting that the brother of somebody who owned a Hewbrew prayer book, gotten a commendation from the Nazis. Picture taken on 29. December 1943, Paul was killed shortly after.

Dance in Berlin, no date on picture, I think the lady in the front behind the girl with white hairband, is my father’s mother or the grandmother I never met.

That is a family snap from my father’s family. He is the one in the specs and the lady behind him is his mother, seen in the previous pic at the dance. I think that Walter might be one person on that picture here too but I don’t know who.

As it is, I think it is something hard to live with, that all I got are a lot of pictures of people I never met or knew about whilst my father was alive.

In today’s age, people should no longer be afraid to be Jewish and if anybody in those pictures recognise themselves, please contact me and also if anybody knowing any of these people could please contact me.

I have posted previously about accusations my sister made about my father, I have not heard anything about this at all yet. But it seems that the after-effect of the war had a very long-lasting impact on my family and that nobody ever talked about, made it much harder to copy with it.

I think there was something going on, I still do not know about. The fact that my father or my mother never spoke about the war or family and what went on is very mysterious.

But putting this all in the context that I always had problems to find a political and spiritual home, it makes double sense now that all these rumours about me started after my father’s death and that prominent Labour politicians, were involved in it.

I tried four political parties in all, The Labour Party, the Conservative Party, The Communist Party and Respect. I spend very little time with both Communist or Respect.

The Labour Party refused my second membership application shortly after I posted about attending a Jewish prayer service for Holocaust day. Wonder whether there is a connection.

Whatever for the moment, I am not politically bound and like this more because there is more than politics to life. I think it is good to try out political parties, people shouldn’t be afraid to do it, to experience first hand what political parties are like. There is never a minimum membership with any party, you can come and go as you like.

I like doing something useful for everyone, and that is what we all should do.

Getting there

Road closures always cause confusion. The mapping services of road directing apps are just not adjusting fast enough to every road closure, so that all types of vehicles get stuck.

It doesn’t matter whether we use ‘What three words‘ or any other Sat Nav, it depends on what is programmed into the software, which determines how we get there.

I have been annoyed many times, using Google maps, that I was directed to the back of a property or another side of the road, rather than where I wanted to get there.

Not even an A-Z can be printed fast enough to reflect road changes.

I think the people who invent LTN schemes have a duty of care to help those needing to use the affected roads, to get around efficiently.

Whilst our towns are built on the expectation that roads around buildings are accessible, now some new policies think those roads should be closed.

That does not take into account needs of people within schemes who require car access, using the very roads, our city planners relied on.

It seems a new fashion to declare all car or vehicle traffic public enemy number one.

There are many more things society can do to reduce carbon emissions.

Time(s) are changing

I am starting to sympathise with the withdrawal of support for TV license fees for over 75. That is because the message I got from watching some BBC programs was less than desirable.

The latest blockbuster Time, which shows live in a prison and that of a prison guard. The prison guard happens to have a son who became a criminal and has been sentenced to imprisonment.

Criminals are exploiting this and put the prison guard under pressure to bring in drugs or the son will be slowly tortured to death.

The prison guard choses to give in and transport the drugs.

There were other possibilities to write that script. The prison guard could have fought the criminals and took a stand and reported the problem to authorities.

But that is what’s normalised on BBC programs these days, that criminality always wins and that we are all victims of it and there is little we can do about it.

That is a big reason why I stopped watching East Enders too.

I get more joy watching ITV these days, who are doing better in supporting every-day concerns of people. If I want to watch a great detective story, I have to pay for it on other channels.

Having said that, I absolutely hate the latest ITV drama advert. A woman comes home from work and has her partner tied up in a cupboard and makes no effort to release him but just takes a bottle of soda and leaves him there to rot. A new, highly acclaimed drama series on Britbox is titled: “The beast must die“. Seems also female to male violence. Why would I want to spend money on the secrets of the Krays?

I wouldn’t watch that for free. I definitely would not pay for it and if the ITV advert with the tied up man in the cupboard comes on, I do not watch it, I turn it off.

Total mayhem

The EU settlement scheme seems to be too much for the government to handle.

Today received not only one but two letters telling me that I am on their records as of EEA nationality.

Why comes that I also hold a British passport? I am on my third British passport by now because I am British since decades.

Whoever is writing those letters for HM Government doesn’t have a clue about anything. They set their computers to set aside anybody with a foreign sounding name and they send them threatening letters that they are not British enough and must be from the EU or Switzerland because their name doesn’t sound British.

It’s unbelievable discriminating and a total waste of British tax payers money.

Sending those letters costs the tax payer a lot of money.

The 2 meter metal pole

I have been onto Lidl before stating that some aggressive begging goes on within the realms of their local Hackney store. They duly addressed the issues and now the aggressive begging has ceased, at least when I shop there.

Yesterday I cam across a new menace. A large man with a huge metal pole (at least 2 meters long) approached shoppers who came out of the Lidl store and swore loudly at a couple of Asian women with prams.

Quite frightening. I can’t publish the picture that I took of that man, but I passed it onto police. So, why does a man need a large metal pole to beg? Is that metal pole a potential weapon? It certainly didn’t need to be used as walking stick as the man looked quite athletic and well groomed.

I just hope that the police monitor Well Street and look out for menacing people. The man hid at a bus stop opposite Lidl when he came back from one of his begging sprees.

The lost card world

The only thing I support about Labour is their trial to introduce a basic income in Wales. I really think a basic income would solve a lot of secondary problems of the rich and the poor world we have right now.

For example a lost card world has emerged.

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What this means is that if people hang around long enough outside of train stations or bus stations, they can bet to find a lost travel card somewhere, if not more than one.

What happens then is that a person advertises this lost card on social media. Yesterday I came across a travelcard of a child being advertised on Facebook as lost.

Facebook told me they don’t mind this happening. Even though it breaches the privacy laws to publish the details of a minor without the parents’ consent, Facebook doesn’t mind.

Now not even TFL minds that their travel cards are advertised on Facebook, in the hope of -reuniting the card with the owner.

Even relatives of school staff are involved in this. I have not yet heard back from the school in question whether they mind that their staff and family are involved of advertising children’s lost travel card on Facebook.

Complications would arise if there is a common name on the card. So if two Peter Joneses lost their cards and the first one picks it up but it actually belongs to the second one, someone gets a lost travel card until the original owner reports it as lost to TFL, that is when it gets cancelled. There is quite a big movement on advertising lost travel cards on a Facebook group, that so far has attracted in excess of 25 k followers. TFL only cancels cards if the original owner tells them, not if they get to know the card is advertised as lost on Facebook. TFL in fact doesn’t mind that some persons advertise their lost cards on Facebook.

When it comes to bank cards the situation drastically changes. I have seen quite a few ‘lost’ bank cards advertised on Facebook. To be collected by the real owner in a local shop for example or the advertiser asks to contact him/her.

What I find especially worrying about bank cards is that the ‘finder’ has no way of ascertaining whether the card loser was the actual owner of the bank card or is indeed entitled to have it. It may be a stolen card or borrowed card or something similarly sinister.

In the case of lost travel cards the advertisers claim that poor people could not afford to replace the cards, as if they magically know that the loser is a poor person. But in the case of bank cards, such arguments do not hold water, as bank cards are replaced free of charge.

Then there are the lost keys advertised on Facebook. Quite amazing. I can imagine that if you are homeless a bunch of keys to a flat would be attractive to you, if it is advertised on Facebook. How indeed would the finder know how to sort out ownership of the keys.

People used to hand in lost items at police stations or in case of travel cards at TFL but now they put it on social media instead and I wonder what else happens.

Obviously only the loser of an items would know the item. For example on the day of my driving test I was so nervous that I lost my key in the local post office. Upon returning there the staff could remember the keys being lost and me and returned the keys to me. However had the keys been advertised on social media, quite a few people would have come forward to claim them. Or my daughter lost her travel card in a bus, the bus driver still had it on the return journey and could remember us and so returned it to me. But had this card been advertised on social media, it would have been different. There are quite a few people with that name on the card.

What is really important is that there is a degree of privacy between the card issuer and the card holder and the bond between the two is being interrupted by third persons who take on the role of re-distributing those cards to anyone who claims them thereby circumventing the genuine owner of the cards.

Those third parties, publish the names of card holders publicly without being challenged of doing so.

When I was a swimming official

Adam Peaty has a good point about the VAR. It can be hard to see when swimmers sneak in a second butterfly leg kick after a start or turn. Water waves, light and position can prevent it being seen.

I remember having reported quite a few swimmers for contravening the rules on breaststroke leg movements after a start or turn to the referees.

Quite a few swimmers seem to want to get away with it.

I really support it that Adam Peaty asks for more under-water camera surveillance in swimming competitions. It probably needs extra officials to monitor this but it does need them urgently.

dodgy storylines

Just watched the new series of Innocent on ITV and it completed a day after I finished watching the Pact on BBC. Both stories were essentially a ‘who donnit’.

But I felt badly after watching the BBC story because it glorified the sticking together come what may as long as the family is intact. An old lady lies to police and admits to guilt just so that a pregnant girl doesn’t have to go to jail. It seemed similar to East Enders stories, which are also centred around family honour and sticking together and the family comes first, before the law and before truth and justice. Frightening to think though that police officers should have the ability to distort investigations to save their own family from prosecution as it happened in the Pact.

In contrast the Innocent had at least the truth at its centre and the guilty party was actually guilty and got arrested on suspicion of murder.

I just hate films when liars are able to conceal the truth and the police prosecute someone who admits to guilt just to have someone to stick into jail for a crime, so that the statistics even out. Like the motto: Every dead person needs a guilty person arrested and prosecuted in good time, so that the clear up rate looks good.

The blame game

I keep on hearing that Lutfur Rahman is the bad boy, it is all his fault and the great and good Labour Party has nothing to do with his wrong-doing.

WRONG

Lutfur Rahman’s reign happened during a period of Labour administration in Tower Hamlets and whatever happened is as much Labour’s fault as it is Rahman’s fault.

I remember the extremely bad quality of the home improvements we got. They didn’t even give us matching window locks to save money. Our toilet had to be replaced after a few months as it broke due to bad quality.

Whatever happened in the admin of Lutfur Rahman also is equally the fault of the ruling Labour Party. People have decided to allow Mayoral elections for Tower Hamlets and Labour simply cannot wash their hands of elected candidates by blaming them and pretending it has nothing to do with them.

This LTN scheme for Tower Hamlets has produced extremely bad results for more traffic in residential streets.

traffic is sent around Wellington Row, a once peaceful residential area. Such plans are in place for other neighbourhoods too. This is what a Liveable Street looks like now. Lutfur Rahman has promised to return traffic to normal and that is what makes him popular with voters.

More and less, it’s a con

Since the dismantling of Council run schools has progressed, we see the growth of free and private schools. But, those are no longer the luxury, lush kind, they are often in inadequate premises and with a lack of facilities.

There is no mod con, it’s just con.

Weren’t we all jealous of these luxury, pads in rural environments, castle-like structures, promised luxury upbringing for the wealthy.

Unfortunately today’s Conservative policies have ensured that private schools now means, paying more for getting less.

Those old council schools were purpose built and could house pupils in adequate rooms and facilities but today’s free schools just mean free to charge a lot for less.

My local private school promises astro turf facilities for sport but in fact they take their pupils to the local park and make them race on asphalt pavements on lanes, not wider than 60cm.

There are free schools in former office buildings, that do not have any sports facility but a roof top or another simply sticks their kids in an underground car park for break.

When I saw on TV yesterday that Tony Blair was the only successful Labour Prime for a while then I must say, he probably did more harm to Labour than good because he helped the Conservative establish their current modus operandi.

I now find myself, having to contact social services because I am concerned about a lack of care for children in private school facilities.

My local council is busy housing the poor in far away areas whilst the new residents of Tower Hamlets, who work and earn have to pay through the nose for small private schools, that have to rely on local parks to even have somewhere to take their kids in their breaks.

My local private school has put razor wire all around the premises but uses our local parks as outlet for their lack of space.

But, it is the local residents who pay through their service bills for the up-keep of parks and streets. ASB charges for leaseholders have trebled when in the past the Home Office just paid for police officers to be placed in localities around the city. Now police officers have been reduced and local residents have to pay to fund council employed police officers and ASB patrols through local landlords, when in fact a lot of ASB is being brought on by commercial activities in local parks, which attract drug dealers and hooligans to come into our neighbourhoods.

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