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Fragments of Jewish Whitechapel


Mar 25, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018


Outside Aldgate station,


Sunday 25 March 2018 | 2.30pm–4.30pm
Assembly point: Outside Aldgate station
Free (advance booking essential)

The second in a series of new guided walks led by literary historian Dr Nadia Valman of Queen Mary University of London, exploring London through the eyes of migrant writers from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1960s.

For nearly 70 years, Whitechapel was home to the UK’s largest Jewish population.

This walk takes you on a route through Whitechapel in the words of two generations of local writers, including Russian-Jewish immigrant Thomas Eyges, who vividly describes his experiences of arrival and survival in late-Victorian London, and Israel Zangwill, who lived and worked among the immigrant community and documented their complex subculture. We will revisit the same locations as seen fifty years later by Polish-Jewish Esther Kreitman, whose dark fiction reflects the fragmentation of the Jewish community in the interwar East End.

This is a free walk, but advance registration via Eventbrite is essential as places are limited.

Book your free place here


Other walks in this series:

Rediscovering Rosemary Lane: Irish Migrants in Victorian London (Saturday 17 March, 2.30pm)

Colonials in the Metropole: Migrant Bloomsbury (Thursday 12 April, 6.30pm)

Left Luggage: Reading Sam Selvon in Waterloo Station (Sunday 22 April, 2.30pm)