Bill Williams
Search for other papers by Bill Williams in
Current site
Google Scholar
‘Refugees and Eccles Cakes’
Refugee industrialists in the Manchester region
in ‘Jews and other foreigners’
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

In September 1967, Dr Heinz Kroch, the German-Jewish refugee from Berlin who thirty years earlier had founded the Lankro Chemical Company in Eccles, was presented by the Mayor of Eccles with a casket and scroll to honour his admission to the Roll of Freemen of the Borough. The whole episode may perhaps be seen as a continuance of those ritual exchanges, engineered on both sides, which, from the mid-nineteenth century, sought to define the relationship between Manchester Jewry and the civic authorities of the locality. In 1967 Eccles, a time and a place troubled by newer waves of immigration, the corporation and the refugee were effectively laying claim to a heritage of reciprocity. For its humanity, the town had been rewarded by the contributions of the stranger; by his contributions, the stranger had confirmed his right to be British; a Jewish German had become an Eccles cake.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

‘Jews and other foreigners’

Manchester and the rescue of the victims of European fascism, 1933–1940


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 315 91 6
Full Text Views 18 0 0
PDF Downloads 22 0 0