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World War II: Canadian & Allied Jews at the Raid on Dieppe

(August 1942) by Martin Sugarman

Information for this list has come mainly from "Canadian Jews at War" - 2 volumes published by the Canadian Jewish Congress in 1947/8, Montreal, and various other sources as mentioned, including a personal visit by the author to the Canadian War Cemetery at Dieppe. But the Congress volumes only give those KIA, WIA and POW - not those who served at Dieppe! The list is of course, therefore, very much incomplete; it does not, for example, include Jewish Canadians who died of wounds after the raid. and were buried at various locations in Europe where they happened to be imprisoned, or England where they were in hospital, or all those who returned safely or who evaded capture and escaped much later after the raid but are not recorded as having been connected with the raid.

Further details came from requests for help put in various journals and newspapers in the UK and Canada, as well as from organisations like the Commando Association, and many veterans - Jewish and non-Jewish - and their families responded. Their help was inestimable.

NB the note "photo" or "letter" means these are at the AJEX Museum, London.

BURIED AT DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY at Hautot - sur- Mer and KILLED ON AUGUST 19th unless otherwise stated.

A22530 Pte Samuel Berger - Essex Scottish/Commandos, 733, Niagra, Windsor, Ontario - born Poland 24.11.19 - son of Mr and Mrs Osias Berger - photo and letter from friend..

B37297 Pte Murray Irving Bleeman - died at 1.15am , 21.8.42 of wounds received at Dieppe, aged 27 years RHLI - buried at Brookwood, Surrey - from 22, Lippincott St, Toronto - born Drilz, Poland 18.12.14 - letter from brother and photo. Son of Mr & Mrs Hyman Bleeman.

L/Cpl B66596 Meyer Bubis, RRC, son of Solomon, 1077,Gerrard St, Toronto - buried at Dunkirk having died of wounds after Dieppe.

B67270 Pte Lionel Cohen - Royal Reg. of Canada/Commandos - aged 31 years from Toronto - photo. and letter from stepson Jerry Richmond. Son of Mr and Mrs Nat Cohen: wife, 14 Kensington St, Toronto.

D61382 Pte Louis Goldin - Les Fusiliers Monte Royale - aged 27years, Montreal - killed at his machine gun post covering the evacuation of wounded comrades; witnessed by Catholic priest Chaplain Major J Sabourin, MiD, OBE, and CO Capt Antoine Masson. - son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Goldin, 5338 Waverley St, Montreal.

B37321 Pte John M Grallick/Gorelick RHLI - from Toronto killed at Dieppe - no known grave. Son of Mr and Mrs John Grallick, 168 Euclid St - born 1921.

B68182 Pte Simon Green - RRC from Toronto - died of wounds sustained at Dieppe, whilst a POW - buried at St Inglevert, Calais. Son of Mrs Gittel Green, 296 Rushton Rd, Toronto.

B66977 Sgt Morris Greenberg - RRC- aged 24 years, Yiddish poet from 50, Oxford St, Toronto, killed evacuating wounded. Photo. Born 9.11.17 son of Mr & Mrs Samuel Greenberg

B37663 Pte Leizer Heifetz - RHLI - from Parkerview, Saskatchewan - missing presumed killed at Dieppe - no known grave - born Vetka, Russia 1909 - nephew of Mrs Malka Lowe, Melville, Sask.

B68130 Pte Morris Lozdon - RRC/Commandos - aged 32 years from Toronto, husband of Mary and father of Barbara, Stanley and......of 61 Huron St, Toronto - Born 16.5.10, son of Mr & Mrs Hyman Lozdon

B37320 Pte Paul Leon Magner - RHLI - aged 23 years from 99, Dundas St, Toronto - letter from cousin in North York Ontario. Born 19.4.19 son of Mr and Mrs Morris Magner.

(Jewish Commandos of No 3 (Jewish) Troop 10th Inter Allied Commando, atttached Canadians at Dieppe - Rice, Bates and Smith - all KIA at Dieppe - no further information known.) (14)


NB - JC = Jewish Chronicle newspaper

Capt Ben Brachman - WIA - Cameron Highlanders of Winnipeg/RCAMC - in JC of 30.10.42 - MiD for gallantry - photo and citation in CJiW.

A22304 Pte Joseph Brenner Essex Scottish from Windsor, Ontario - WIA, POW Stalag 9C

B67829 Pte Jack Clausner - RRC - from Toronto - POW Stalag 2D and Oflag 7B

A22474 Pte Louis Kline - West Ontarion Reg/ Essex Scottish - missing believed KIA - later found POW Stalag 8B and 2D - from Memphis, Tenn. Born 1918 son of Harry Kline.

B37392 Pte William A Korenblum - RHLI - from Hamilton - POW Stalags 8B and 2D

6436346 Cpl Maurice Latimer aka 13801850 Moritz Levy/Loewy, Czech Jew who fought against Franco in Spanish Civil War - No 3 Troop No 10 IA Commando - wounded and escaped.

B37098 Sgt Arthur Liss - WIA, from Toronto - RHLI/Commandos - penetrated into town with a small group and then forced to withdraw. Born 1917 son of Mr & Mrs Nathan Liss.

B66859 Pte Maxwell London - Royal Rifles of Canada - POW Stalags 8B and 2D.

D62895 Cpl Manuel Manis, Les Fusiliers Monte Royal - POW Stalags 8B and 20A - photo and personal letter

B67597 Pte Joseph Samuel Moskowitz - WIA - RRC -from Toronto - POW Stalag 8B - born 1906; a medical orderly he saw many strange incidents in the camp - detailed in CJiW.

B25128 Sapper Saul Shusterman - RCE - from Toronto born 1915 son of Mr and Mrs Alex Shusterman - POW Stalag 8B and 2D - photo.

Lt Col Bert Sucharov - 2nd in Command Royal Canadian Engineers of Winnipeg - OBE gazetted 1.1.43 for courage at Dieppe and ED (Efficiency Decoration) - WIA and hospitalised in Sussex, known as "The Mad Major" on account of his recklessness under fire at Dieppe - son of Mr M and Mrs Manya Sucharov, pioneer dairy farmers of Transcona, north Winnipeg. Born 1909, graduate of engineering university of Manitoba 1937 - brother Jack in RCAF and Harry in RCOC - photo.

H20180 Trooper Louis Todros - Cameron Highlanders of Ottowa WIA

L12079 Pte Maurice Harold Waldman - SSR - POW Stalag 8B and 8A.

(Pte "Bubi" Platt aka Platteck - No 3 (Jewish) Troop, No 10 Commando - WIA , escaped to England, and one other - unidentified - mentioned in "Counterfeit Spies", Nigel West, St Ermin's Press, 1998, page 261)

(15) - 1 MiD, 1 OBE (mil), 1 ED.


6471801 Sgt/Tpr John Cyril Abrahams - No 3 Commando under Major Young landed at at Bernaval east of Dieppe - formerly of RA, Kings Own Royals, 12th bat. S Staffs, then trained at Largs in Scotland for Commandos. Took part in Lofoten raids in Norway, Dieppe and Sicily, where he was POW. Married Francis in 1945, son of Mr Abraham Connie Abrahams (RNAS WW1) of 129, Myrdle Ct, Myrdle St, E1, later at 26 Highfield Terr, Collingsworth, Bradford . AJEX Jewish Chaplain's card and info. from brother-in-law Cyril Haring and daughter Linda. Father of Linda Hart and Alan, he died in 1967. Commando Association has him as assumed name of Baler and POW at Markt Pongau.

R19589/H19489 CSM/WOII Abram Arbor - fought at Dieppe - Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Winnipeg - KIA at Falaise 23.8.44, buried Bretteville-sur-Laize- awarded MC. Born 1918 at Narcisse, Man - son of Mrs Etta M Arbor - citation p.23 CJiW - married Clarice and has a daughter in England.

Lt Harold Bergman - returned safely as in JC of 30.10.42

Capt Elliot Cohen, OBE (LG 14.12.45) - Essex Scottish - served at Dieppe.

Sgt (later Lt) David Lloyd Hart of Montreal - RCOS - MM for gallantry at Dieppe - gazetted in JC 1.1.43 - citation in "Canadian Jews at War" p.54 - first reporetd MIA. - son of Hyman S Hart, he was born in 1918. Photo.

Major (later Lt Col) Mervin Mirsky , (served at Arnhem) OBE (Mil.) , MiD - staff officer at Dieppe raid- photo.

916592 Flt Sgt Jack Maurice Nissenthal, RAF - British radar expert sent in at Pourville to get into the Freya radar station - recommended for gallantry award - never given - born Bow, London, 1919 - photo.

Cpl Michael Poplack - Canadian Tank Reg - aged 24 years from Vancouver - returned as in JC 30.10.42

Lionel B Shapiro - OBE (LG 30.6.46) for gallantry at Dieppe and on other operations. War correspondent from Montreal. Born 12.2.08, son of Morris and Fanny Berkowitz Shapiro.

LT JX109920 Lt David Benjamin Shaverin, RN, MiD raid on Dieppe LG 2.10.42 - AJEX Jewish Chaplain cards.

Dr Surgeon Lt Richard Wadia, RNVR, MiD raid on Dieppe, LG 2.10. 42 - AJEX Jewish Chaplain cards.

(11) 3 OBE (mil), 1 MC, 1 MM, 3 MiD.

Total - 40

Sources: Martin Sugarman, Reprinted with Permission