This study considers Welsh Jewry as a geographical whole and is the first to draw extensively on oral history sources, giving a voice back to the history of Welsh Jewry, which has long been a formal history of synagogue functionaries and institutions. The author considers the impact of the Second World War on Wales's Jewish population, as well as the importance of the Welsh context in shaping the Welsh-Jewish experience. The study offers a detailed examination of the numerical decline of Wales's Jewish communities throughout the twentieth century, and is also the first to consider the situation of Wales's Jewish communities in the early twenty-first, arguing that these communities may be significantly fewer in number and smaller than in the past but they are ever evolving.
Cai Parry-Jones is Curator of Oral History at the British Library.
Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Map of Jewish communities established in Wales between 1768 and 1996 Introduction 1. Migration and Settlement 2. Religious and Communal Life 3. Evacuation, Refuge and the Second World War 4. Jewish and Non-Jewish Relations in Wales 5. Jewishness and Welshness 6. Decline and Endurance Conclusion Appendix: The Population of Wales's Jewish Communities Glossary Notes Select Bibliography