East End Story, by Abraham Bernard Levy, London (1951).

This is one of my favourite books. East End story originated in a series of articles that A. B. Levy, a journalist and writer who was the son of a Hull tailor wrote for the Jewish Chronicle from 1948 to 1950. It evokes memories of the East End of London, damaged, but still surviving in … Continue reading East End Story, by Abraham Bernard Levy, London (1951).

Lemech HaSheni by Ben-A Sochachewsky, London 1946

Ben-A Sochachewsky (1889-1958) was a journalist, poet and teller of Chassidic stories.  He was born in Lodz, Poland, and arrived in London about 1913. He was on the editorial staff of Di Zeit, the London Yiddish newspaper, of which I have written about here. His actual name was Yechiel Meir or "Chil Majer" Sochachewsky, but … Continue reading Lemech HaSheni by Ben-A Sochachewsky, London 1946

Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) by Avrom Nochum Stencl, Yiddish, London 1948

A. N. Stencl (pronounced Shtentsel) was known in his later years as the Yiddish poet of Whitechapel.  He was born in Czelad, in Poland, in 1897, and had a traditional orthodox education, learning at the Yeshiva at Sosnoviec, where his brother, Shlomo Stencl was Rabbi.  In 1921 he emigrated to Germany, where he mixed in … Continue reading Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) by Avrom Nochum Stencl, Yiddish, London 1948