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Spector, David (fl 1930-1997)


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 610

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Spector, David (fl 1930-1997)

Date(s): 1936-1992

Level of description: collection

Extent: 12 folders

Name of creator(s): Spector | David | fl 1930-1997 | anti-fascist campaigner


Administrative/Biographical history:

David Spector, a British born Jew, dedicated much of his life to fighting fascism in Britain, having experienced at first hand, the effects of Nazi persecution on Holocaust survivors.

In World War Two he enlisted in the Royal Artillery and within 2 years he was heading for the Middle East, where he became the youngest ever staff captain at a military college in Egypt. He then volunteered for the Jewish Brigade, and was appointed brigade major, training many of the men who were later to become senior officers in Israel's army. At the end of the war, Spector helped thousands of displaced Holocaust survivors make their way to Palestine.

After World War Two he returned to work in the City and became a leading figure in AJEX, the Association of Jewish Ex-servicemen, serving as its national vice-chairman and as a member of the Board of Deputies' Defence Committee. However he eventually resigned from these posts in protest at what he regarded as a soft attitude towards Moseley's post-war attempts to return to British political life. He died in 1997.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of David Spector, 1936-1992, including leaflets, periodicals and pamphlets of British right wing organisations and anti-Semitic propaganda. Correspondence on topics including anti-Semitism; right wing organisations; Lord Beaverbrook's alleged association with Hitler; the organisation of 'Moral Re-armament'; expropriated Jewish property; A K Chesterton's involvement in the National Front and Count Nicholas Tolstoy's views on the Cossacks' role during World War Two.

Press cuttings and typescript article on right wing groups in Britain during World War Two including descriptions of the following groups: '18B Detainees'; British Aid Fund; People's Common Law Parliament; Social Credit; British National Party; Peace Pledge Union; Society of Individualists; National League of Freedom and 'Black Hundred' and copies of documents on the activities, interrogation and internment of Oliver Gilbert, prominent British Fascist of the 1930s and 1940s.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Original order

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Finding aids:

Detailed description on the Wiener Library's online catalogue



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

David Spector


Existence and location of originals:

Papers Oliver Gilbert at The National Archives (ref: HO45/25692).

Related material:

David Spector's post World War Two papers relating how he helped thousands of displaced Holocaust survivors make their way to Palestine, are housed with in the museum and archives of the Israel Defence Forces.


Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2008

Antisemitism | Racial discrimination
Jews | Religious groups
Propaganda | Persuasion | Communication process
Right to property | Civil and political rights | Human rights
War | International conflicts
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Aitken | William Maxwell | 1879-1964 | 1st Baron Beaverbrook of Beaverbrook | newspaper proprieter x Beaverbrook | 1st Baron
Chesterton | Arthur Kenneth | 1896-1973 | right-wing politician
Spector | David | fl 1930-1997 | anti-fascist campaigner

Corporate names
18B Detainees
British Aid Fund
British National Party
National League of Freedom
Peace Pledge Union
People's Common Law Parliament
Social Credit
Society of Individualists

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe