These portraits are a tribute to the last surviving members of the 43 Group, an historically significant but largely forgotten anti-fascist movement of mostly, although not exclusively, Jewish ex-servicemen after the Second World War. Contrary to the assumed narrative, Fascism grew rapidly in Britain in this period. Interned former Blackshirts, members of the British Union of Fascists (BUF), were released and began to organise, prompting a far-right renaissance.
The 42 Group, whose initial membership was around 300 men and women, physically opposed fascist speakers and broke up rallies. The group disbanded in the early 1950s when the threat of Oswald Mosley’s and his Union Movement (UM) temporarily receded.
Stuart Freedman met and photographed six of the few remaining former members of the Group.
Maurice Podro, one of the six men below, sadly died on at the end of May 2020.