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We were there too

Service Pack: Core Service

Subject: Citizenship History PSHE Religion

London Jews in the First World

This LGfL First World War resource looks in depth at the response of an immigrant community, barely established in civic life, to the outbreak of the First World War. The unhesitating response of its religious and secular leadership to the need to accept an obligation to participate in the War effort both as combatants and on the Homefront, was impressive. The Jewish community was relatively small, despite that it provided a large number of volunteers for the military, resulting in significant fatalities and injured veterans.

These resources use curated stories of life in London, with particular materials from the East End, maps, timelines, personal testimony, newsreel footage, rare still photographs, artistic life and Personal Records of people living at the time. It targets and supports the delivery of specific areas of the revised KS3 History, Citizenship and English National Curricula and the requirements of multiple GCSE examination Boards. The theme and contents of this resource also supports the teaching of British values currently required in schools.

The resource is in two sections. A large number of ‘History Windows’ will be added to the resource which feature aspects of life in early twentieth century London and, Jewish aspects in particular. These are supported by timelines, maps photographic collections etc. As well as describing experiences of Jews in the Allied armies, it tells the stories of Jewish experience in Axis armies and frequently how extended members of one family could be on opposing sides. An important resource is an historic map indicating where Jewish people lived and worked, providing an interactive tool that will help students and others to explore the Jewish presence and contribution. Material is being sourced from Rare Collections held at places such as the Bishopsgate Institute, national Museums, The Ben Uri Gallery etc. The second section provides examples of Personal Records of men and women living at the time; what they did before, during and after the War.

A series of accompanying curriculum materials has been created and is being added to regularly. This is being led by Historian Paula Kitching who has created curriculum material for other LGfL projects such as The M Room and The Holocaust Explained. Sample lesson plans and assemblies, with exclusive materials, to enable students to conduct their own research and explore life in London for different communities including: on the Homefront, military life, religious diversity, interfaith relations, cultural engagement and differences, and social mobility.

An interactive timeline lends perspective to an era which must be viewed in the context of upheaval and social dislocation across communities and continents and how one faith community, with many recent arrivals in the United Kingdom, pledged its loyalty. The mapping functionality plots landmarks of the East End and using Google Maps© technology, shows how those sites look today.

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This resource uses a responsive website that will scale according to the size of your screen; it will display and function equally well on mobile, tablet device and desktop computer.