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Rothschild Buildings: Life in an East-End Tenement Block 1887 - 1920 by [White, Jerry]
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"Prize[d] for its rich, detailed insights into immigrant life in turn-of-the-century Spitalfields... Though White's commentary steers the reader and supplies valuable context, it's the interpolated quotations from tenants which bring the Buildings to colourful, tumultuous life" (Time Out)

"With an economy of language, without sentimentality, yet with a sensitive perception, rare for an outsider looking in on an alien world, Jerry White marvellously evokes the lost world of the immigrant 'greener'" (Spectator)

"A work of first-class history and a major contribution to the social history of Anglo-Jewry, lively, well-researched and eminently quotable" (Jewish Chronicle)

"We are never likely to have another account which sets these personal recollections so firmly in the physical environment in which people grew up, struggled and sometimes flourished. A whole historical episode is illuminated by the decision to focus on just a couple of streets and the people who lived there" (Times Educational Supplement)

"Jerry White has given us a book which deserves to be on every historian's shelf" (Paul Thompson History Today)

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'Jerry White has written a moving and richly detailed history of those times and those people. They are recalled like a lost tribe, revealing the extraordinary courage of ordinary people in their day-to-day battle for existence' - Guardian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3033 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (8 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052Z3H0S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #501,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I was brought up here and the book captures the spirit of the place and its many characters perfectly. The descriptions around Flower and Dean Street where I lived as a boy brought back so many memories. The only addition I would add to the history of that street, which I have not found in any book, is that halfway down the street there was a plaque on the wall which said "Abe Saperstein, founder of the Harlem Globetrotters, lived here". So, if you like a good read about the old East End, you will love this book!
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Especially interesting for those whose (mainly Jewish refugees from E Europe) ancestors lived there. Some great photos and drawings etc.
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