“A Giant of a Man”, Sir Moses Montefiore

A Giant of a Man. A fascinating research paper by Sally Style B.A., the Montefiore Librarian, is available on this website (see Collections/Petitions).

This paper describes in detail the picture of Sir Moses Montefiore visualised by the authors of the many hundreds of petitions sent to him from Jews living in the Holy Land and all over Europe and the Middle East. It illustrates the conditions in which many Jews were living in the nineteenth century and the suffering some of them endured.

The collection of Petitions, catalogued on this website, is available to scholars for consultation in the Montefiore Library in London.

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