The historic Still and Star public house in Aldgate has been saved from demolition and site redevelopment after a campaign by the Victorian Society, supported by JEECS.
The pub, now listed as a community asset, has strong Jewish connections.
The star supposedly refers to the Star of David, reflecting the population mix of the Aldgate area in the 19th century.
In the early 20th century, it was run by the mother and stepfather of L/Cpl Abraham (Alfred) Posener, RCOS, who is one the people featured in Martin Sugarman's book about Jewish POWs of the Japanese which we write about in the most recent Cable.
He was born on Oct 15 1915. His father died when he was 18 months old and his mother remarried and became Mrs Ike (Isaac) Klein. The family ran the pub. He joined up as an electrician in 1941, was captured by the Japanese in Java, had a horrific time (6 feet tall, he eventually weighed only 7 stone), and witnessed the bombing of Nagasaki. One of only four survivors of the 200 with whom he enlisted, he lived after the war in Hackney and was chairman of the local Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX).
Meanwhile, our report, including on this website, that the Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel had been made a listed building was wrong. We apologise for this mistake.
The information came from the Victorian Society, which based it on a London newspaper report.
Back in 1896 the Blind Beggar had a Jewish landlord while, turning to more recent times, it became infamous as the pub in which George Cornell was murdered by Ronnie Kray in 1966. The adjoining former Albion Brewery and Engineer's Residence are both Grade II listed.
We are looking at the possibility of a visit to Isaac Rosenberg's grave at Arras next April, the centenary of the great East End poet and artist's disappearance on the Western Front in France, and are keen to gauge interest.
The City of London Corporation is creating a new square next to St Botolph's, Aldgate. The drinking fountain in memory of Frederick Mocatta, the notable Jewish financier and philanthropist, has now been fully restored and put in the square.
JEECS is going to be at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, 28 St John’s Wood Road, London, NW8 7HA, from 2.30 to 4.30 on Sunday March 5 as part of a fascinating project to research the role of London Jews in the First World War.
Can you send the author your Brady Street recollections? Many members of JEECS will know of the United Synagogue owned cemetery in Brady Street, a few hundred yards from the street’s junction with Whitechapel Road. . In 2011 the cemetery celebrated its 250th anniversary – having been founded in 1761 – with a ceremony attended by the then Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks. …Read More
The celebrated Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb visited London in 1949. And, thanks to the Yiddish cultural historian David Mazower and to Goldie Morgentaler, Chava’s daughter, we have photographs of a gathering of London-based Yiddish writers and journalists assembled in what is possibly a café, in March 1949 to hear her give a reading of her poetry.