JEWS’ WELSH EXPERIENCES
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