THE VAJEX AUSTRALIA STORY:
ACHIEVEMENTS IN WAR
by Walter Jona AM
Originally published in
The Journal of the Australian Jewish Historical Society Vol XII 1993 Part 1,
The Victorian Association of Jewish Ex & Servicemen & Women Inc, more familiarly known as
VAJEX Australia, is much more than just another organisation in the Jewish community of Victoria. Its
historic role and that of its predecessor associations distinguishes it from most of the other 150 plus
organised Jewish groupings in Victoria, for it is the only Jewish organisation which singularly
perpetuates and honours the memory of Jewish men and women in the Armed Services of Australia in
the world wars and in all other conflicts in which Australia has been engaged.
In more recent years, VAJEX Australia has welcomed to its active membership large numbers of Allied
servicemen and women of World War II, including many Jews from the former USSR now residing in
VAJEX Australia has vigorously and persistently endeavoured to ensure that succeeding generations should
know of the Jewish record in Australia's wars. It is a record of immense pride. The statistics of Jewish
war service in the armed forces of Australia reveal a remarkably disproportionate response from a tiny
section of the general Australian community. The sacrifices of Jewish service personnel and the level of
personal achievement of servicemen and women far exceed proportionately the comparative statistics for
the rest of Australia.
Furthermore, the contribution made to Australia by the Jewish survivors of Australia's wars and the
services rendered by them to the well-being of Australia and its citizens is as remarkable...
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