The Jewish community and the port
The passing of the Jewish East End
As many immigrants dragged themselves out of poverty, and as a new British-born generation grew up, the community changed. Many moved to other parts of London, where they created smaller Jewish communities that thrive to this day. Others left to pursue lives elsewhere.
Much of Whitechapel is now occupied by Bengalis, who came from what is now Bangladesh.
Like their Jewish and Hugenot predecessors, they are involved in the clothing trades.
The former Hugenot chapel on Fournier Street, which later became the Spitalfields Great Synagogue, is now a mosque serving the local community.
A return to hysteria
Present-day Britain risks a return to the hysteria about 'hordes' of foreign immigrants. This time, the 'hordes' are asylum seekers and potential economic migrants from the new countries of the European Union. In the light of such attitudes, it is worth recalling the great immigrant communities of the past, and just how much they contributed to British life.
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