Jewish Lives presents the life-stories of ten individual Jews who immigrated to Britain between 1750 and 1950, based on actual genealogical research. Their life-stories, enriched by a variety of sources, reflect the experiences of all Jewish immigrants as they settled in their adopted land.
Melody Amsel-Arieli does not just piece together the detail of their lives - their work, pastimes, families, daily chores, food and celebrations. Drawing on social, economic and historical records, she also explores their background, places of origin, motives for immigration, arrival in the UK and experiences as they adjusted to their new surroundings - placing them in the wider historical context of their adopted community and society.
This selection of revealing life-stores will prove fascinating for family historians and researchers, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, by offering parallels with their own lives and the lives of their ancestors. Jewish Lives: Britain 1750-1950 will inspire readers to pursue their own quest for information and understanding of their past.
This is a book that will surely inspire readers to delve into their own ancestral history and to explore general history with a deepened interest.Bookpleasures.com
This is a book that will surely inspire readers to delve into their own ancestral history and to explore general history with a deepened interest.Bookpleasures.com Review Sanchez
A fascinating book for family historians, allowing them to see how researching their ancestors can pull life-stories together.Family Chronicle
Jewish Lives offers a guide to family historians who want to reconstruct their family trees. Invaluable guide to other Jews in search of their roots.Jewish Renaissance
Each tale is based on research shared by a descendent, so sources vary from official documents to diaries and memories, adding a rich, personal dimension.Family Tree
Melody Amstel-Arieli is a prolific writer on matters genealogical and historical, but in this book her expertise in both fields shines out. For anyone researching his or her own immigrant family, Jewish Lives really is... [read full review]Who Do You Think You Are?
History can be dull or it can weave past to present. This work is of the latter type. If you start to doze at the mention of genealogy, change your mind immediately. The voluminous research... [read full review]Amazon Review, Anne Dykstra
Whether you're interested in genealogy or history, or just enjoy diving into some compelling life stories, this book is for you. The author does a beautiful job of describing the lives of ten Jews who... [read full review]Amazon Review, P Auerbach
A comprehensive list of sources that will be an invaluable guide to other Jews in search of their roots.Jewish Renaissance
A snapshot of this unique community. The author pieces together rich pictures of the lives in question. A collection of ten extended case studies, each of which illuminates a different place of origin and type... [read full review]Your Family Tree
The writer is fascinated by the stories of people's ancestors who settled in different towns and cities in Britain over the centuries, and presents the life stories of ten individual Jews who immigrated here in... [read full review]Guardian
The writer is fascinated by the stories of people’s ancestors who settled in different towns and cities in Britain over the centuries, and presents the life stories of ten individual Jews who immigrated here in... [read full review]This is local London
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About Melody Amsel-Arieli
Melody Amsel-Arieli is an Israeli-American amateur genealogist and professional journalist whose articles have appeared in many genealogical and historical magazines in the UK, the US and Canada. She is the author of a book memorializing her grandfather’s town, Between Galicia and Hungary: The Jews of Stropkov. Visit her website at www.amselbird.com/