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.

culturally pre-occupied

I think it is wrong to use the term racism when accusing the UK of being institutionally racist. The UK is culturally pre-occupied. It’s about the culture not the race.

Literally the UK allows anybody who accepts the culture top-jobs.

UK not deliberatelly rigged against ethnic minorities. BBC source.

The family man

Phil Mitchell from East Enders is a proper family man. I just wonder whether there is a psychological mechanism that compels people wanting to be in control of blood related people.

It would frighten me if someone came up to me, saying we are related and that we have to be friends.

I think a connection between people has more to do with common cause.

A lot of crime gets committed in the name of family. More people get murdered by someone they know than by a stranger. Strong emotional bonds seem a recipe for disaster.

Family members covering for each other, providing alibis or planting evidence against others whom they find repulsive for purely emotional reasons.

As a mum or dad you do not have a life-long obligation to your kids. If you have a good relationship fine but if you drift apart, have little to say to each other, then you are not obliged to be there to supply gifts for birthdays or Christmas for the rest of your days.

UK v. China

The latest diplomatic row is merely based on the territorial dispute around Hong Kong. It makes sense to discharge the Extradition deal on that basis. The UK can hardly be expected to extradite protesters from Hong Kong, which fled to the UK or associated territories.

I just don’t like that the discussion gets based around policies to do with repression of populations in China.

Both China and the UK have policies to reduce population growth.

China houses people but doesn’t allow them to have children, whilst the UK doesn’t house people and allows them to have children.

On my council estate a lot of the 1-bed or 2-bed flats are occupied by single house buyers. Those flats would have been allocated to young mothers or young families who were given a start in life with their children.

As these flats were taken off the social housing register by selling them, we have in effect made it impossible for poor young couples with children to get social housing as easily as it used to be.

Also people who bought a small flat, let’s say 1-bed, they then decide to have kids. The flat soon becomes too small but they work in a town. They cannot sell the flat and buy a bigger one in the same location. They cannot move away without losing the job, so they are trapped in that small flat with children.

Yet the bedroom tax does not solve those problems, yet some Labour politicians do not argue to get rid of it. Overall the decision to sell council flats was the worst decision ever made. Removing the pool of council flats restricted choices for most.

In effect Chinese and British policy has a similar outcome. Only difference is in Britain if you manage to get rich, you can have as many children as you can afford whilst in China, they restrict children to almost all but now rural populations.

There we have the class inequality again that two-class sytem is alive and well in Britain.

As Tony Blair is just as enthusiastic about Margaret Thatcher as Boris Johnson is, the consensus of stopping the poor in Britain from having kids is not just in the domain of the Conservatives.

Hence Labour does not have a policy that is defending the poor to have equal rights for all, so for many, there is little point in voting for Labour.

the Eureka moment

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Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

Just having this Bingo feeling. The pain from my Arthrities in my knee woke me up early. One of two medical conditions I do not get any medical treatment for and which keep me unable to do much but blog. Firstly I got the arthrities in the knee and secondly I can’t wear my denture and I am toothless, which makes me less than photogenic.

So I blog.

There was a moment when my mind started associating things, namely when I learned that the father of Shamima Begum is in Bangladesh. Apparently one of the suspected rapists of my daughter also originates from Bangladesh, so I believe. I have some nice pics of two of the men who were accused by her of being rapists but they had expensive cars, sports coupees and they weren’t the run of the mill local lads. They drove BMW’s.

Could that have been one of the reasons why the CPS didn’t want to prosecute them?

But so far, we never associated anything to do with ISIS with Bangladesh at all.

Well of course the testimony of a learning disabled person is always difficult to believe but there we are. But then, when my daughter was in school they never even bothered to even give her an assessment or statement of special educational needs.

It just seems that the parents are the last people to find out about what is actually going on.

The second thing that alarmed me was when I watched the interview with the Chinese Ambassador on the Andrew Marr show yesterday. He was shown a pic or film of ethnic people being driven to a camp and women of being forcibly sterilised.

Of course here in Britain we do not forcibly sterilise women, we just make it very hard for them to get benefits and somewhere to live with their children.

I believe the Chinese Ambassador when he says, they treat all people equal, equally bad he should have said. They do have the one-child policy for anyone in cities.

Talking of equality. When I came to Britain women were equally pushed into child-bearing with generous benefits and easy housing. Now they are relentlessly prevented from having lots of kids by making benefits very difficult and housing even harder to get.

One could argue that sterilisation is one option to stop women from having lots of kids so they do not need housing or benefits but can work instead. So whilst the Chinese may carry out these procedures, the British attitude is not to intervene physically and so direct but indirect by policy instead.

But, to say the truth, my learning disabled daughter has now been sterilised here in Britain, so I have heard, as she has problems coping with further pregnancies and making sensible choices.

So there are those policies and diplomacies that seem to override directly naming and shaming what is actually going on.

The new phase

Just watching Joan d’Arc and the mother said that she thought she knew her children when she brought them up but now she is surprised.

That is what probably happens to most parents. How close relationships remain is up to the dialogue that parents and children can develop.

Whilst I think of dialogue, I think everybody needs to support the new direction of Britain being out of the EU. I get Government up-dates each day and the more I read them the more I am getting convinced that all, even if they opposed leaving the EU, now have to support the new direction.

Read Michael Gove’s Outside the EU, a bright future awaits Britain, published by the Cabinet Office on 12. July 2020.

We need to make our best effort to contribute. We need to support what is there and the way the government leads us is what we need to support.

For me as immigrant from Germany, the thought of leaving the EU was unthinkable, but then I am not very familiar with the ins and outs of daily wheeling and dealing in economic or political terms. We have to trust the government and support it.

 

70-year olds, refuse age-discrimination

Hopefully some 70 year olds will fight this government’s blatant attempt to introduce age-discrimination and make it legal to stop all 70 year olds from leaving their homes.

It’s totally illegal now to discriminate because of age, so why should Corona Virus pave the way for the Conservatives to find a way to break the anti-discrimination policies we have today.

 

Corona virus used to restrict civil liberties

Every other news flash, article or mention is about Corona Virus. No wonder people are getting hysterical. Supermarked isles are bare, especiallly in the soap departments. I stood there, hand in my pocket to feel my sanitizer gel whilst other shoppers feverishly searched for some on the empty shelves. Remember so far only three (3) people died in the UK so far but look at the deaths from flu cases.

It is very concerning that we  get so much less fuss about the common flu.

I suppose I could have made a few quid if I sold my hand-sanitizer but hei, its worth more to me than the money I could make from it.

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Guardian article from 25. Jan 2018, shows the rise in deaths from the flu. Yet we never heard then about restricting mass-meetings or paying people for taking time off sick.

The Guardian article also mentions that the common flu is especially dangerous to children, yet we did not hear about closing our schools.

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BBC articleshowing cause of cases in China, affecting old and sick people in particular.

Whilst the Corona virus is especially dangerous to sick and old people we get constant warnings that we need to stop mass-gatherings, restrict public transport despite only 3 deaths in the UK so far.

 

Thinking about Heathrow

Extinction Rebellion is a movement sponsored by Billionnaires and those having gotten rich from the old way of doing business.

Now, come to think of it, Britain being an Island nation, relying on transport and especially so, air travel, Extinction Rebellion pours a lot of energy and money into fighting the expansion of Heathrow Airport, just as Britain has left the EU.

Of course the Paris Climate agreement needs to be properly referenced in thecourt proceedings about a third runway, but the loss of the expansion case is only a temporary stoppage and will be addressed by the appeal that Heathrow Airport plans to do. It’s a matter of changing the wording and show proper reference to the agreement.

Whilst I strongly support the reduction of carbon emissions world-wide, which would include an improvement of air-travel for all countries. Extinction Rebellion spent and continuous to spend an awful lot of energy to concentrate on Britain, doing an extra sacrificial deed and asks us to cut off our almost only viable connection to the outside world.

Of course we do have ships, we do have the Euro tunnel to Paris and Belgium but why ask Britain to be the first to reduce commercial activity.

Of course if Britain cannot have air capacity, they would re-channel air traffic via France but the air travel as a whole will not be reduced.

It is a matter of changing methods of transport and trade world-wide, so that all nations have a fair amount of responsibility.

It seems doubly weird that Keir Starmer, prospective leader for the Labour Party, strongly supports Extinction Rebellion and so does Sadiq Khan. Is it any wonder that Extinction Rebellion now has put up camp in one of London’s most left-wing council’s namely Tower Hamlets and moved into our commutiy centre.

Apparently residents have not been consulted prior to this. Our local area is getting deprived of services and they get replaced by birds, bees flowers and fruit trees; and we hold a totally free, yearly fireworks extravaganca nearby. As if that will pay our council taxes.

I  suppose you can achieve sensible world-wide policies by supporting inventions that develop the new technology we need and not by stopping traffic. Extinction Rebellion put their eggs into the demonstrations basket. How crude.

Their radical actions are designed to actively disturb our economy by stopping traffic, interrupting public transport to weaken our economy but that does not help changing technology.

same lies

Whilst President Trump explains in his state of the Union speech that there is now record employment, also amongst the multi-cultural population in the US, the BBC reports that there is record child-homelessness in the US.

How does this all work out?

Obviously the wonderful world of high-yield economy should work for the people and not just for the employers.

The same strategy gets used in the UK. One of the most used arguments in parliamentary debate is, to rebuff Labour, yes, but the unemployment rate is very low.

Whether that creates the highest number of working poor and other problems does not seem to be the problem for the governments on either side of the oceans.

The standard of living is very important and voters really have to stop creating poverty for children.

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