This introductory chapter centres the volume's discussion on the Anglo-Jewish community during World War II. Here, the major themes lie not within the Holocaust itself, but in the Anglo-Jewish response to it. The chapter briefly discusses the history of the Anglo-Jewish community, explaining in particular the East End/West End divide of the London Jewish community, which by the time of the war had since faded away. Additionally, the chapter provides an overview of the historical documents, sources, and other materials which focus largely on the Anglo-Jewish community, taking care to exclude materials which focus on the Holocaust in particular. What emerges here then is an argument that the Jews constituted a people who, even after emancipation, remained united by strong cultural bonds.
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