We've had a request for help from local historian Siri Christiansen, whose letter to JEECS chairman Clive Bettington is below.
She writes: My name is Siri Christiansen and I am currently working on a series of articles for Roman Road LDN about the local Jewish history in Mile End, Globe Town, Bow, Bethnal Green and Hackney Wick. My previous articles cover the Novo and Velho cemeteries and can be found here. In the coming weeks, I am cooking up three pieces on the Mile End Pogrom, Daniel Mendoza and Samuel Falk, the Baal Shem of London.
According to my internet research findings, the Jewish history in our part of the East End is not as well-documented online as in Aldgate, Whitechapel and more central locations. Therefore, I thought it would be best to reach out to a professional to see if I can dig up something perhaps a little less known. Given your role as chairman of the Jewish East End Celebration Society, you seem like someone who might be able to help me.
Do you happen to know of any interesting characters who lived in/wrote about/is buried in our area, or any event that took place in our area, or anything else that might be of interest?
Any information you could provide would be of huge help and very appreciated.
Best regards and stay safe,