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The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000$
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Todd Endelman

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227194

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227194.001.0001

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The Great War to the Holocaust (1914–1945)

The Great War to the Holocaust (1914–1945)

(p.183) Chapter 5 The Great War to the Holocaust (1914–1945)
The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000

Todd M. Endelman

University of California Press

This chapter describes the experience of the Anglo-Jewry from the time of World War I to the Holocaust. Although British Jews escaped the death and destruction that swept over continental Jewish communities, they were not spared their repercussions and consequences. Communal leaders and organizations were forced to confront a host of novel problems. The persistence of anti-Semitism heightened the unease of communal leaders and thus inhibited their defense of Jewish interests. For fear of being accused of championing Jewish over English interests, they were cautious in challenging wartime policies that discriminated against Jews or that ignored their suffering.

Keywords:   Anglo-Jewry, World War I, Holocaust, British Jews, anti-Semitism, communal leaders

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