JEWS’ WELSH EX­PE­RI­ENCES

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

The ar­gu­ment about the anti-Jewish na­ture of the Tre­de­gar riot has been go­ing on now for a cen­tury, and its chief pro­po­nent for 40 years has been Ge­of­frey Al­der­man ( JC, July 22). He has re­peated him­self so of­ten on the sub­ject that he no longer needs to re­fer to his sources but in­stead quotes him­self.

He ex­ag­ger­ates the anti-Jewish na­ture of the ri­ots far be­yond any­thing that the ev­i­dence can sup­port. Other peo­ple have looked at the mat­ter in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent and il­lu­mi­nat­ing ways, but these he has re­but­ted and then ig­nored.

There are other much more in­ter­est­ing as­pects of Jewish life in Wales, and of WelshJewish re­la­tions. (Dr) Jas­mine Don­a­haye Edi­tor ‘Planet’ PO Box 44 Aberys­t­wyth

Whether it was a “pogrom” or merely a “riot” in South Wales in 1911 ( Let­ters, July 29), this did not ap­pear to have de­terred Glam­or­gan from se­lect­ing my great-un­cle, Solomon Levy, who was born in Stroud in 1886, to play for their county team in 1910 and 1911.

He was a bats­man and a right-arm, off­break bowler. It was said that, had he not been gassed in the 1914 war, his crick­et­ing ca­reer would have flour­ished. He mar­ried my great-aunt, Gertrude; they both reg­u­larly vis­ited Amhurst Road Synagogue, where he dozed through many a ser­mon dream­ing of gentle­men with large bushy beards who played cricket in­stead of de­liv­er­ing hom­i­lies. Bar­ring­ton Black Red­ing­ton Road, Lon­don NW3

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