Stories

Lives Behind the Stones Links to the stories
Using all the research facilities at our disposal, the Project Team have gathered together the following group of stories representing the demographic history of Leicester’s Orthodox Jewish Community. If you would like to see a story included in this collection then please contact us.

The stories include immigrants who came to England from the Russian Pale of Settlement, from Latvia, Turkey, Germany; many were escaping persecution, some severe economic hardship; (visit Origins of Sephardi and Ashkenazi for more details). It includes evacuees coming to Leicester during the Second World War to avoid the London blitz, servicemen and civilians, active participants in Leicester life, poor people, business people; all with one common link; they chose Leicester as their home and they were buried at Jewish Gilroes.