who died peacefully in Kingston Hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 29 May, was born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, the only child of Erna Karoline (née Simon) and Hermann Wolfgang. Walter came to Britain as a teenager in 1937. He became a British citizen in 1948 and made his home here, joining the Labour Party the same year and remaining an active member till his death – standing as a parliamentary candidate in the 1959 election and serving on Labour’s National Executive Committee, 2006-8. An organiser of the first Aldermaston march, Walter was a CND and Labour CND stalwart throughout his life, and a Vice President of both and of Stop the War Coalition at the time of his death.
His burial takes place:
THURSDAY 6 JUNE, 2pm
The Liberal Jewish Cemetery
Pound Lane, Willesden, NW10 2HG
RESTING PEACEFULLY IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE ALWAYS SPOKE TRUTH TO POWER
TRAVEL TO THE CEMETERY
The cemetery is situated off the south-west end of Pound Lane, Willesden, London, NW10 2HG. At the south-east end of Pound Lane is a fire station, next to the fire station is a block of flats and by the side of the flats is a small road that leads to the cemetery.
Bus: Routes 6 and 226 stop outside the fire station. Bus numbers 52 and 98 stop in Willesden High Road, at the corner of Hawthorn Road; walk down Hawthorn Road to the cemetery (about five minutes). Underground: The nearest stations are Dollis Hill or Willesden Green, both of which are 10- 15 minutes walk from the cemetery. There is a taxi service available from Willesden Green Station.
There is no tradition of flowers at a Jewish funeral and there will be one wreath only at Walter’s, from Carol Turner and Marjorie Thompson, his de facto family for the last decades of his life. You can pay tribute to his life if you wish by donating to one of two causes close to his heart.
Please reference your donation Walter
By electronic transfer to Labour CND
Sort Code 08-90-29, Account No 50459106
By cheque to Labour CND Treasurer, 162 Holloway Road, London N7 8DQ
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
Please reference your donation W Wolfgang
By electronic transfer to ICAHD UK
Sort Code 08-92-99, Account No 65132227
By cheque to ICAHD UK, BM ICAHD UK, London WC1N 3XX
In one of his diary entries in Keeping On Keeping On, Alan Bennett’s third prose collection, he writes:
2005, 29 September.
Among several things that the ejection and charging of Mr Walter Wolfgang from the Labour Party Conference demonstrates is the danger of endowing the police with any more powers than they have already. For shouting out ‘Liar’ he is charged under the Terrorism Act. The silencing of hecklers was hardly the act’s original purpose but it is just the handiest blunt instrument available. This should be remembered in the next session of Parliament, when the police are asking for yet more powers – three months’ detention for instance – which at the same time solemnly assuring the public that they will only use such powers when the occasion demands it. This is a promise soon forgotten. If they have the powers they will use them – young Muslim or Jewish old-age pension it makes no difference. ‘You’re nicked.’
Keeping On Keeping On, Profile Books, 2016, £9.99 paperback
Congratulations to Labour CND’s Walter Wolfgang who became one of the Stop the War Patrons at the STW’s 2018 annual meeting: ‘We can win. We shall overcome. Thank you for this huge honour.’
Walter Wolfgang statement, 31 July 2018
I came to Britain as a refugee from Nazi Germany, with a strong and continuing commitment to Judaism, and still attend my synagogue regularly. I have been a member the Labour Party for 70 years. As a former member of Labour’s National Executive Committee myself, I have served with Pete Willsman and know him to be a committed anti-racist and a strong supporter of Jeremy Corbyn. I am dismayed that Pete is under attack at the very time when the ballot for the NEC is taking place, and despite his deep and public apology. Pete Willsman is a staunch champion of party democracy. I will be voting for him, and urge Labour Party members to do likewise.
CND members old and new gathered at Aldermaston on Easter Sunday commemorating the Campaign’s 60th birthday by remembering our roots in the Easter marches to the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment. Labour CND members were among the hundreds who gathered there on Easter Sunday 2018.
Continue reading “Labour CND at Aldermaston”
Veteran nuclear disarmament campaigner and Labour CND Chair Walter Wolfgang (pictured below) was awarded this year’s Ron Todd Peace Prize in a ceremony at the Marx Memorial Library in March.
Todd was General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, predecessor of Unite from 1985 until his retirement in 1992. He led Britain’s biggest union in the years when nuclear disarmament was at the heart of Labour’s annual conference debates. After his death in 2005, the Rod Todd Foundation was set up and has awarded annual prizes for outstanding achievement in areas close to the former General Secretary’s heart.
Many thanks for your good wishes for my 90th birthday and all you are doing to convince the people of this country that Labour can provide a socially just alternative to coalition austerity.
Many people realise that the coalition has failed but are not yet convinced that Labour has made up its own mind and that its policies are clear and credible.
One of the problems the country faces is that a replacement of the Trident weapon system is unaffordable, useless and – by encouraging proliferation – an obstacle to multilateral nuclear disarmament.
You should make sure that there is a vote at the 2013 Labour Party conference which I believe will decide to scrap Trident and not replace it.
With scrapping Trident increasingly popular amongst both Labour Party members and the public, particularly in the current economic crisis, such a principled stand will help to bring new members into the party it will also ensure that others will speak up for the Labour Party.
This is vitally necessary to build the kind of support that will secure a Labour Government. We need a Labour General Election victory.
As this is a matter of public interest I am publishing this letter of thanks on Labour CND’s website.
A Labour Government can’t afford Trident
Labour CND discussion and AGM
11am – 4pm
Saturday 9th March
Birkbeck College, Malet St, London
Join us in discussing how we ensure Labour acts on its commitment to nuclear disarmament and secure a commitment to rejecting Trident replacement at the 2015 election.
11.30am – 11.45am
Marian Hobbs, former New Zealand Labour Disarmament Minister
11.45am – 1.15pm
A Labour Government can’t afford Trident
- Owen Jones, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Annabelle Harle (NPF rep, Wales), Cllr Alice Perry (Islington and NPF rep, London) and Cllr Kate Taylor (Plymouth).
2pm – 3pm
A conversation with Walter Wolfgang
- After the recent publication of a biographical pamphlet, Carol Turner interviews Walter Wolfgang on his campaigning life.
- You can buy the pamphlet here.
3.15pm – 3.30pm
Clive Lewis, PPC for Norwich South, on the 2015 manifesto
3.30pm – 4pm
Labour CND AGM
- Labour CND members are welcome to submit motions in an individual capacity (deadline of 22nd February).
- We are keen to expand our executive committee. If you would like to join, please email expressions of interest.
- Email address regarding motions and joining the executive committee is firstname.lastname@example.org
* Discussion sessions are open to all.
* AGM open to Labour CND members. If you hold Labour Party and CND memberships you are a member of Labour CND and entitled to vote at its AGM.