(UK) British Film Archive Makes Available Footage of British Jews in 20th Century #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen

The British Film Archive is making available feature films, home movies,
newsreels and more all documenting life for British Jews during the 20th
century. The collection is called : Jewish Britain on Film
Much of the collection is free to view. The historic films coincide with the
1905 Aliens Act. According to Wikipedia, The Aliens Act was an Act of the
Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. This
established for the first time immigration controls and registration, and
gave the Home Secretary overall responsibility for immigration and
nationality matters https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliens_Act_1905. BFI
Curator Simon McCallum explains the films rely on "Jewish stereotypes of
the time, which were pretty anti-Semitic in nature." This was the time many
Jews were fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe. After World War 1 the
attitudes shifted which is shown in movies such as the General Post. The
films do not depict only London. The films depict Jewish life in the UK
throughout the 20th century. The films depict the various stages of Jewish
life in the 20th century >from immigration to emigration (to Palestine) to
recognition of importance of Jews in British history.

In addition to the free films there are a selection of clips on the BFI
YouTube Channel.

The free collection may be accessed at:

There are also some films available on their rental collection:

This collection is part of a larger project, Britain in Film were they BFI
is attempting to digitize over 10,000 titles.

To read more and see some of the clips read:
[or https://tinyurl.com/y8du8x39 --Mod.]

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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