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on 8 September 2008
The Rothschild buildings were erected for the poor but respectable Jewish families who arrived from Europe during the latter part of the 19th century.
Jerry White writes the historical facts simply and informatively but does not forget the human stories of the people who made their lives in this Victorian tenement building.This book is richly detailed with fascinating intimate knowledge of the families that lived there.We learn about the class structure that existed within the building and the support network that existed between the tenants in great times of need.The co-existence with the poor of the east end outside of the block is explored and the dietry and lesuire habits explained.
If you are interested in London,Jewish or Victorian history I highly recommend this book.
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on 19 July 2015
This is a forensic study of a tenement development built for the wave of Jewiah immigration from Eastern Europe at the end of the 19th century. Jerry White writes about history as though it's happening in front of us. This is another very personal take on an intriguing aspect of East London. Riveting if you have any connection with the period and the area. Illuminating if you just have a curious interest in social history. Entertaining and intensely informative. Because of the quality of his writing, the author manages to tell a vivid and emotionally charged story. Exceptional and very moving.
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on 29 November 2013
Especially interesting for those whose (mainly Jewish refugees from E Europe) ancestors lived there. Some great photos and drawings etc.
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on 14 March 2014
Good book interesting facts from the descendants of the dwellers ,gave a real sense of life there and the Jewish east end.
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on 5 January 2013
A useful insight into London life at its most cramped. A good reference book for anyone researching this subject matter.
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on 3 February 2015
Its a fantastic book! Should be read by anyone with any interest in the social history of London.
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