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L’Chaim: How the Jewish community shaped Northern Ireland

An important website outlining the contribution and heritage of Jewish people here sheds light on the stories of those who contributed to local society, writes Anne Marie McAleese

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Stephen Jaffe pictured at the Jaffe fountain; Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Jaffe pictured at the Jaffe fountain; Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Steven Jaffe at the Jaffe Memorial Fountain near Victoria Square

Steven Jaffe at the Jaffe Memorial Fountain near Victoria Square

Rolf Noskwith

Rolf Noskwith

Stephen Jaffe at the Synagogue in Belfast Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Jaffe at the Synagogue in Belfast Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Jaffe at the Synagogue in Belfast Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Jaffe at the Synagogue in Belfast Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Jaffe pictured at the Jaffe fountain; Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Jaffe pictured at the Jaffe fountain; Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

113 Great Victoria Street, Belfast where the city's first synagogue was established. Image courtesy of BelfastJewishheritage.org/Steven Jaffe

113 Great Victoria Street, Belfast where the city's first synagogue was established. Image courtesy of BelfastJewishheritage.org/Steven Jaffe

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Stephen Jaffe pictured at the Jaffe fountain; Photo by Stephen Hamilton

In the 1970s a German-born Jew was one of the largest employers in Northern Ireland. Few, if any, of Rolf Noskwith’s workers were aware that three decades earlier during the Second World War, he had also been one of the youngest and most significant code breakers at the now famous Bletchley Park operation in Milton Keynes.

His fluency in German, a degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University and a love of problem solving made Noskwith, who founded lingerie factory Adria in Strabane, an obvious code breaker. He was recruited in 1941 and worked in a team under the direct leadership of Alan Turing.


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