The Royal Air Force Museum is set to undertake a new project called Hidden Heroes: The Untold Story of Jewish Personnel during the Second World War. The exciting new venture is being sponsored by Chelsea Football Club’s Roman Abramovich.
Hidden Heroes will raise awareness of the previously untold story of Jewish personnel in the RAF during World War Two and the vital role they played. The new project will be launched next year in time for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and seeks to tell the stories of Jewish veterans to preserve their memory, and act as a challenge to antisemitism, racism and discrimination.
The RAF Museum and Chelsea Foundation are now inviting people from all over the world to submit their own stories – as well as those of families and friends, of Jewish personnel in the Second World War – so they can be preserved and shared online and at the Museum’s public sites.
Maggie Appleton MBE, CEO at the RAF Museum, said: “We are tremendously grateful to Roman Abramovich and Chelsea FC for supporting the RAF Museum’s Hidden Heroes project. The Battle of Britain was the RAF’s defining moment, when they stood firm against Hitler and fascism. With many Jewish RAF personnel playing crucial roles, the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2020 provides the perfect opportunity to remember these incredible people. By highlighting their stories, we want to play our part in calling out the rise in anti-Semitism – and wider racism – in society.”
Bruce Buck, Chelsea FC Chairman, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the RAF Museum with this project. Chelsea FC is committed to tackling antisemitism through education and the Jewish Hidden Heroes tells important stories about the bravery of Jewish RAF personnel during the conflict. Since we launched our ‘Say No to Antisemitism’ campaign in January 2018, and under the leadership of Roman Abramovich, we have been focussed on tackling racism and discrimination in the stands and in wider society.”
Stage One of the project involves the collation of stories from Jewish RAF personnel within the Museum’s RAF Stories digital storytelling site. The project will include:
- Video interviews with Jewish veterans and family members
- Animated videos of Jewish stories drawn from RAF Museum archives
- The screening of the videos in the RAF Museum Galleries