In the closing days of the Second World War, David took part in the most bitter fighting against the Nazi SS and was so proud of the Gurkha troops who served under him. After the war, he worked in the City of London but took early retirement because of the undercurrent of antisemitism. He then… Read more »
In the closing days of the Second World War, David took part in the most bitter fighting against the Nazi SS and was so proud of the Gurkha troops who served under him. After the war, he worked in the City of London but took early retirement because of the undercurrent of antisemitism. He then became a historian, book dealer and Timesletter writer.
The most important part of his life, apart from his family, was his anti-fascist activism in the 43 Group, 62 Group and Searchlight. David worked with my team fighting the many Nazis and Jew-haters active in Sussex and beyond. Some of them were involved with far-right terror groups abroad, among them the Hancock family, whose guest house was always open to on-the-run Nazis from Germany, Italy, Spain and France.
There was James Doyle, a professional criminal, and John Tyndall, leader of the Nazi paramilitary Spearhead who later became leader of the National Front and the British National Party. David helped me organise infiltration of their operations.
He built a strong relationship with Special Branch and even helped coach an officer through his promotion exams. He was an inspiration to thousands of students and trade unionists protesting against Jew-baiters such as the Holocaust revisionist David Irving.
I recall an occasion when the Hancocks arranged for Irving to speak at a local hotel. A protest rally was held a mile away and David Spector was asked to address it. He asked why they were there talking to each other when the enemy was up the road, and led them to the hotel. After a few windows were broken, Irving fled Brighton.
Even in his seventies David helped identify and track down a Palestinian National Socialist involved in an attempt at mass publication of anti-Jewish propaganda. He managed to get a key to the Nazi’s London flat, and a group of us staked out his movements. When it came to entering the flat, David insisted on doing the job himself. It was a smooth and successful operation.
His passing left a gap in the fight against our enemies, but his memory lives on to inspire future generations.
Lotta Continua and Shalom David.
Major David Spector, born London 1912, died Brighton 1997.