Captain Isidore Newman, SOE

Isidore (‘Izzy’) Newman was born in Leeds on 26 January 1916, the son of Joseph and Mrs Tilly Newman (nee Cohen), pious and poor Jews who had arrived as immigrants to Britain from Lithuania in 1909. Joseph’s original surname had been Naviprutsky, but this was changed when they immi? grated.1 He was one of thirteen brothers and sisters, most of whom stayed on the Continent and perished in the Holocaust. Two younger brothers, however, escaped with the Polish army in 1939 and eventually reached Israel where their families still live.2

The Newmans were married at New Briggate Synagogue, Leeds, on 11 June 1912, prior to which Joseph had been living at 8 Gledhow Terrace and Tilly at 22 Whitelock Street.3 Both were tailors and pressers. They lived at 11 Kepler Street (or Grove),4 Leeds, at the time of Isidore’s birth.5

Isidore was the middle of three brothers. The older was

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