Jewish Edinburgh

A History, 1880–1950


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About the Book

This first full-length history of the Jews of Edinburgh chronicles their immigration to Scotland’s capital city from Russia during the 1880s in the wake of Tsarist persecution, and examines their reception by native Scots.
Smaller than its Glasgow counterpart, the Jewish community in Edinburgh took on greater national significance in part through the career of “Scotland’s Rabbi,” Dr. Salis Daiches of the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation. The community would also contribute Scotland’s first Jewish member of parliament, as well as the first Jewish president of the Scottish Football League.

About the Author(s)

M.D. Gilfillan is a research associate in Irish Jewish history at Ulster University, Northern Ireland. He is a past fellow of the European Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization, University of London, and a former committee member of the British Association for Jewish Studies.

Bibliographic Details

M.D. Gilfillan
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 254
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7668-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3565-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1
Introduction 5
1. The Origins of Edinburgh Jewry 11
2. New Arrivals 22
3. Edinburgh’s Jewish Quarter, 1880–1910 58
4. Battles at Home and Abroad, 1911–1918 103
5. A Community United, 1918–1932 127
6. The Fight Against Fascism, 1933–1945 158
7. Postscript, 1945–1950 194
Conclusion 201
Chapter Notes 209
Bibliography 231
Index 241