Factors For The Resettlement Of Jews In England

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Throughout history the Jewish people faced an overwhelming amount of adversity around the world. As conditions worsened over time many Jews faced significant persecution and instability within their natural boarders. In turn, much of the international Jewish community began to look for new, safe and prosperous countries to immigrate to. At the top the list was England. It presented one of the best choices for the resettlement of Jews from around the world as England had many attractive qualities that were appealing for immigration. It offered a stable and prosperous economy, Governmental promotion of Jewish immigration, and a significant and welcoming internal Jewish community for them to assimilate into. All of these factors combined …show more content…
England had a thriving economy. Its ships carried most of the world 's trade and foreign investments (National Archives UK). For a chunk of the 1900’s England was the world’s largest manufacturer of goods (National Archives UK). The pound sterling was and still to this day is one of the world’s strongest currencies (National Archives UK). England provided a much more stable environment to life in and eventually raise a family in. Most of the push factors for Jews were based around persecution and discrimination. In the early 1900’s England had made a major leap in effort to give the employees many rights and regulations (Lambert). in 1908, A law was passed limiting miners to working a maximum of 8 hours a day (Lambert). In 1909, the trade board act was set up to have fixed minimum wages in low paying trades (Lambert). Also, labor exchanges were setup to help the unemployed find jobs (Lambert). 2 years later an old age pensions act gave pensions to people who previously worked and were over the age of 70 (Lambert). By 1912 most jobs allowed people to have Saturday afternoons off (Lambert). The Belfour’s education act was passed creating state secondary education …show more content…
William the conqueror came to England he promoted the idea for Jewish merchants to come from northern France to England (Schoenberg, The Virtual Jewish World UK). Jews then followed from other countries like Germany, Italy, Spain, England (Schoenberg, The Virtual Jewish World UK. Christians were prohibited to work as moneylenders and were able to sell at high interest rates because of their domination in the marketplace (Schoenberg, The Virtual Jewish World UK). On Passover, The Jews were accused of torturing a Christian child and using his blood for the Passover Seder (Schoenberg, The Virtual Jewish World UK). They supposedly killed and buried him (Schoenberg, The Virtual Jewish World UK). Christians retaliated on Jewish settlements (Schoenberg, The Virtual Jewish World UK). The situation began to worsen when King Henry II, one of the only supporters of the Jews at this time died. Richard I was crowned and he refused to grant Jewish representatives admission to Westminster Abbey (Schoenberg, The Virtual Jewish World UK). A decree was instituted prohibiting Jews to live in town that didn’t have an already established Jewish community. Living in England became so bad that it came to a point where the Jews voluntarily wanted to leave (Schoenberg, The Virtual Jewish World UK). The request was later on turned down by the king because the Jews were considered royal property (Schoenberg, The

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