Daniel Morgan-Thomas talk on 'The Jews of the West End of London' #unitedkingdom

Peter Hills

Greatly enjoyed the Zoom talk this afternoon and thank you to SW London Group for making the arrangements.  I was particularly interested in the topic as my Father was born in West Street, Soho in 1912 son of Jacob VELONSKY and Rebecca nee RAYMOND (although strongly suspect maiden name was actually PRUZAN).

Sadly no trace of my family in the 1901 census despite other evidence suggesting they were living and working in the nearby Duke of Wellington public house at the time. 

Suggested further reading for those interested in the area includes Living Up West (Jewish Life in London's West End) by Gerry Black and The Fitzroy (autobiography of a London Tavern) by Sally Fiber.

At an early stage I acquired a copy of 1897 Minutes for West End Talmud Torah with several surnames listed in the index. I would be happy to check if anyone is interested.

Thanks again

Peter Hills

Searching : VELONSKY (originally Jurbarkas, Lith) BLUMENTAL (Ozervok) and RAYMOND (Vilna).



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