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on 4 June 2010
A thoroughly enjoyable book, which puts into context the episode whereby several thousand Russian Jews resident in the UK were deported back to Russia during the first World War. Explains the motivations of the British, the Jews and the Russian Governments - Imperial and then Provisional. Shukman's father was a 'conventionist' - one of those deported under the terms of the Anglo-Russian military convention, and his story (and those of several others who the author interviewed) provides moving personal detail.

My great-grandfather was also a 'conventionist', and the fate of his group, which ended up in Ekaterinoslav, is well described in the book.

An important book for those interested in Anglo-Jewish history, but also the history of the British attitudes towards immigrants and 'aliens'.
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