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Organisation files

(KV 5/10-15)

This release includes a number of reconstituted files relating to various Jewish and related organisations during and after the Second World War, dealing principally with their connection to terrorist organisations and their infiltration by Communist agents.

The files relating to the Israelitsche Kultusgemeinde (KV 5/13), the Middle East Society (KV 5/14) and the Jewish Democratic Committee (KV 5/15) are all rather limited containing snippets of information about the bodies, which did not attract substantive Security Service action.

There are slightly more details on the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (KV 5/12) which was set up in Moscow to promote Jewish resistance to Germany globally. The file includes reports of the Committee's development in Russia and then Palestine, including some originating in the Secret Intelligence Service.

KV 5/10, which has been weeded, relates to the Jewish-Arab League and contains correspondence, 1939-1946, relating to organisations based in London and Palestine working under that name. While the file includes Metropolitan Police reports of League meetings, including some chaired by Richard Crossman MP, there is no real Security Service action on this file, although the Service did take an interest in the organisation and collected much information about it and its leading figures.

The weeded file KV 5/11 concerns the Jewish Legion (later the Hebrew Legion). This organisation was placed under a Home Office warrant and was under suspicion because of its seditious publications, its links to the American Bergson Group, its support for Jewish terrorist organisations and the reputation of its followers (on file the Hebrew League is described as "The Jewish equivalent of the Mosleyite toughs"). Covering 1946-1951, the file contains background notes on the organisation and its leaders, correspondence on its activities, and details of a case in 1948 where the League approached a serving RAF officer, one Levin, to try to obtain arms, ammunition and explosives. Levin contacted the authorities, and was told to go ahead with the arrangement - presumably in order to track the League's intentions. The hand-over of arms took place in London in July 1948, but there are no further details of this case on the file. The organisation faded in the 1950s once its leaders emigrated to Israel.