Blackshirt newspaper coverage of the Mile End Pogrom. Source: Wiki Commons

Mile End Pogrom: the violent aftermath of the Battle of Cable Street

The Battle of Cable Street is remembered still to this day as a striking mobilisation against the rise of fascism in the years leading up to World War II; a turbulent day in which barricades were raised, bottles and bricks were thrown, and the fascists were defeated.

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Ba'al Shem of London's grave © Social Streets

Ba’al Shem of London’s grave in Mile End’s Alderney Road Cemetery

Behind an anonymous brick wall in Alderney Road off of Mile End Road lies the oldest Ashkenazi cemetery in the U.K. Founded in 1696 and closed in 1852, the cemetery marks the establishment of the Ashkenazi community, now the largest Jewish ethnic group in the U.K.

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Etching of Daniel Mendoza

“Mendoza the Jew”: the boxing pioneer who fought antisemitism one jab at a time

Inside the ring, his innovative techniques raised the sport from primitive punch-throwing to a strategic artform, while outside it, his visibility offered a rare account of positive representation of Jewishness. Empowered by his example, boxing became popular among the Jewish youth, making it harder to stereotype them as defenceless and weak.

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Photos by Harry East

Q&A: Local actor Jennifer Dixon on breaking boundaries in the London theatre scene

‘Sense of community is the soul of this area, Roman Road included. I felt so out of place when I first came to London but Tower Hamlets has been at the root of all my relationships with people of varying ethnicities, races and genders (or lack thereof).’

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