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Historian, Writer and Battlefield Guide will shed light on the impact of the Great War on the Jewish community.

Paula Kitching, author of Britain’s Jews in the First World War, will deliver two talks on Thursday, July 14, which will form part of a wider two-day exhibition at Grimsby Town Hall.

During the late 19th century hundreds of thousands of Jews fled their homelands in Eastern Europe to escape persecution and a small but significant number of Jewish refugees made their first landfall in Grimsby. The majority were hoping to reach America, but some chose to remain in England and Grimsby’s Jewish population grew steadily, reaching a peak of about 450 around 1900.

Many of the Jewish families established businesses in the east of the town, particularly along Freeman Street and Cleethorpe Road and to serve this community, a synagogue was built in nearby Heneage Road.

The two-day exhibition will include photographs, documents and artefacts relating to members of the Jewish community who served in the armed forces during the Great War. It will also examine aspects of the history of the community in Grimsby, including the synagogue, the Jewish cemetery in Nunsthorpe and local businesses.

Synagogue Postcard

This exhibition will tell the fascinating story of the contribution that Grimsby’s Jewish community made to the war effort. It will also shed light on the lives of Jewish people in the town, particularly the businesses which began to flourish within a few years of their arrival.

Adrian Wilkinson, Archivist, Lincs Inspire

This event is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. It is in partnership with British Jews in the First World War, We Were There Too, a unique cross community project created to capture, record and preserve the impact, experience and contribution of Britain's Jewish communities during the First World War era.

The exhibition takes place at Grimsby Town, Bremerhaven Room on Thursday, 14th and Friday, 15th July, 10am to 4pm on both days.

 The talk takes place at the same venue on Thursday, 14th July, 11am - focus on Britain, 2pm focus on Grimsby.

For more information, call North East Lincolnshire Archives on (01472) 325389.