The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

Al­though Anne Sebba pro­files Aharon Solomons (ne Henry Simp­son) in a more de­tailed way than has usu­ally oc­curred, the “Jewish se­cret” is not at all new ( JC, Au­gust 19).

There have been nu­mer­ous ac­counts of Ernest Simp­son’s pa­ter­nal Jewish back­ground and his son’s cu­ri­ous con­ver­sion to Ju­daism. On July 28, 1972 the JC pro­filed Ernest Simp­son and his Jewish con­nec­tions; and on Au­gust 18, 1972, you pub­lished a let­ter from me giv­ing more de­tails. In Novem­ber 1970 I read a pa­per to the Jewish His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety of Eng­land which in­cluded de­tails of the Simp­son family link. I also came across the Kerr-Smi­ley branch of the family. Though not Jewish, they wanted to help pre­serve mem­o­ries of their an­ces­tors. Ernest Simp­son’s pa­ter­nal grand­mother was my col­lat­eral rel­a­tive and a family in-joke from my child­hood was that we were thus dis­tantly re­lated to roy­alty by di­vorce. An­thony Joseph Pres­i­dent, Jewish Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety of Great Bri­tain, Edg­bas­ton Rd, Smeth­wick West Mid­lands

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