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Jewish Manchester (Manchester International Festival Walks, 2017)
Fri 14 July 2017, 10:45 – 12:30 BST
This is a hard-hitting, no holds barred guided tour. We don’t shy away from the difficult stories: terrorism, anti-Semitism, the Nazi and fascists.
On the Jewish Manchester city centre tour we hear about the three most famous Jews ever to come to Manchester: Nathan Mayer Rothschild, founder of the banking dynasty, soon to become the most powerful figure in the West, a “true Lord of Europe”, as Lord Byron described him in Don Juan; Karl Marx, founder of communism, who researched at Chetham’s Library; and Robert Maxwell, the corrupt newspaper boss.
We drop into the Art Gallery to see a magnificent depiction of one of the most poignant Old Testament stories. We check into the Midland Hotel to hear some ferkakte stories about Chopin, the Schwabes and the Sieffs. We even head into St Ann’s Church (you want to know why we’re encountering the opposition? Come on the walk already!). Then there’s Jackson’s Row synagogue (before Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville demolish it) and the Town Hall (to meet the man who allowed the Jews back into England). And him below: NOT the first ever Jewish prime minister.