JGSGB Specialist Talk – Sun May 8th 2022 2pm – “The Jewish Association for the Protection of Girls, Women and Children” by Dr Martin Walsh #jgs-iajgs #events


Peter Heilbrunn
 

Our next Sunday meeting in the JGSGB Virtual Meeting Programme is a specialist talk by Zoom.
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• Date: Sunday May 8th 2022
• Time: 14:00 London; 09:00 New York; 16:00 Jerusalem; 15:00 Switzerland
• Title: “The Jewish Association for the Protection of Girls, Women and Children”
• Speaker: Dr Martin Walsh
• Description: Almost all Jewish women entered England through London’s East End, where a cross-section of the poorer and working-class Jewish community resided. It was a dangerous and overcrowded place with its warren of lane’s and criminality; most noted for the Jack the Ripper murders of the late 1880s. Many of the promises of marriage and employment never materialised. Worst still, some of these women arrived in London only to end up on the next boat to South America as part of the white slave trade. Even in London there was a real risk of these women ending up in the clutches of brothel keepers when the promised employment fell through and family members were not there to protect them.
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Recognising the plight of these young women Lady Emma Rothschild and her cousin through marriage Constance Flower (latter Lady Battersea) established the Jewish Ladies’ Society for Preventative and Rescue Work in March 1885. The society would undergo several name changes; in 1897 the Jewish Association for the Protection of Women and Girls, and in 1932 the words children was added – reflecting the changing nature of the work of the society (JAPGWC).
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About Dr Martin Walsh
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Dr Martin Walsh of the University of Limerick is a social historian whose interest lies in the preventative campaigns by social purity groups in England and Ireland who sought to protect young women from immorality by removing them, or at least shield them, from an unfamiliar urban landscape in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. He is currently carrying out a transnational study of these campaigns for his second book, which will look at the history and the work carried out by groups, including the Jewish Association for the Protection of Girls, Women and Children, in order to understand their apprehension about young women becoming a visible presence in the urban landscape.
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After the talk, there will be an opportunity for Q& A on the talk.
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You can register as a non-member for £5 using this link
https://tixoom.app/leighdworkin/sgtmlemp

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If you have problems joining please email chairman@..., preferably in the 15 minutes before the meeting proper starts.

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Peter Heilbrunn
Amersham, England