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The Great War to the Holocaust (1914–1945)

Todd M. Endelman

in The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520227194
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935662 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520227194.003.0006
The Great War to the Holocaust (1914–1945)

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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

Chapter.  18314 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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