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The Jewish Soldiers Memorial commemorates soldiers of the Jewish faith who lost their lives in World Wars One and Two.

In 1924, the Chevra Kadisha - the Jewish Burial Society - in Melbourne undertook the erection of an obelisk in the grounds of the Melbourne General Cemetery. The initiative and driving force for the erection of the obelisk, which was unveiled and consecrated by Chaplain Rabbi Danglow, Rabbi Joseph Abrahams and Chaplain Rabbi (later Sir) Israel Brodie on 14th December 1924, largely came from the then President of the Chevra Kadisha Joseph Waxman and its Honorary Secretary, Casper J Perlstein.

The obelisk, a memorial to the 61 Jews from Victoria who paid the supreme sacrifice with Australia's armed forces in World War One was, in 1947, to have added to it a further 58 names of those Victorian Jews who were killed in action with Australia's forces in the 1939-45 War.

Erected to the mernory of 51 Jewish soldiers who gave their lives in the Great War a fine marble obelisk in the Melbourne General Cemetery was unveiled by Sir John Monash yesterday in the presence of a large gathering. Sir John Monash said that the memorial was unique, and because of its character it was fitting that it should have been placed in the principal cemetery of the State.

The memorial would stand as another demonstration if a demonstration were needed that British Jews throughout the Empire were at all times prepared to discharge the higher duties of citizenship It was indicative of the fact that young Jewish men were just as ready as other citizen to answer the call so that the Empire might remain in violate Realisation of the loss which the community had sustained would be tempered with pride in the recognition of the men's bravery.
The Argus (Melbourne), 15 December 1924.




Address:College Crescent , Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville, 3052
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.792251
Long: 144.966131
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 14th December, 1924
Front Inscription

In honoured memory of the Jewish soldiers of Victoria who nobly served and gave their lives in the Great War 1914 - 1918 5674 - 5680.

Back Inscription

In honoured memory of the Jewish soldiers of Victoria who nobly served and gave their lives in the Second World War 1939 - 1945  5699 - 5705.

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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