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Anglo-Jewish Association: Reports and other papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1278
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Anglo-Jewish Association: Reports and other papers
Date(s): 1956-1960
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Anglo-Jewish Association


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Anglo-Jewish Association was a British organisation originally founded for the protection of Jewish rights in developing countries by diplomatic means. Its objectives and activities were patterned after those of the Alliance Israélite Universelle. It was established in 1871 when its first president was Jacob Waley; five Jewish MPs were vice presidents. By 1900 it had 36 branches, 14 in British colonies. In 1871 it was instrumental in securing the creation of the Rumanian Committee and in 1882 collaborated in establishing the Russo-Jewish Committee. From 1881 it cooperated with the Board of Deputies of British Jews in the Conjoint Foreign Committee.

The AJA undertook educational work among 'under-developed' Jewish communities, maintaining schools in Baghdad, Aden, Mogador, Jerusalem, and other places. In 1893 it became associated with the direction of the Jewish Colonization Association. As its president, Claude Montefiore condemned the Balfour Declaration. After the Board of Deputies became overwhelmingly Zionist in 1940, the AJA, under Leonard J Stein became a rallying point of non-Zionist sentiment; as a result, ostensibly because it was not a democratically elected body, its representation on the Joint Foreign Committee was reduced and then abolished. After the establishment of the state of Israel it modified its attitude to Zionism. It published the Jewish Monthly (1947-1952), and the AJA Review (1944-1955), which was superseded by the AJA Quarterly.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Anglo-Jewish Association, 1956-1960, comprise press releases containing paragraphs on the role of the organisation, on the organisation's involvement in the Claims Conference, on the views of the organisation's President with respect to the Middle East and world affairs, 1956; statement by the President, Mr R N Carvalho, 1957; speech by Carvalho at a dinner to mark the centenary of the political emancipation of British Jews, 1958; notes on the proposal to transfer the Human Rights Commission into a specialised agency of UNO by Leon Zeitlin, 1960.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Finding aids:

Descriptions of this archive exist on the Wiener Library's online catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Alfred Wiener

Allied Materials

Related material:

The main archive of the Anglo-Jewish Association is held at Southampton University

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
February 2008

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