‘If I were asked how I envisaged the Jewish Quarterly when I started it more than twenty years ago, I would say that it was to cultivate literary journalism in the best tradition of Central and Eastern Europe and, in particular, in the best tradition of Eastern European Jewish writing…’ Jacob Sonntag, 1974, cit The Golden Chain, 2003, pvii
During her visit to the School of Divinity, the Chancellor had the opportunity to view the exhibition Edinburgh Jews and spent some time in conversation with Dr H. Holtschneider. She expressed appreciation for the work that had been done, highlighting the journeys of an immigrant community into Scotland.
“Jews often migrate along trade routes, so the first evidence of Jews living in Edinburgh is around the 1600s… There are very few references to Jews and they seem to come as single traders to the city. In the 18th century, Jews come as students because, in contrast to many universities in the United States, Scotland never had a quota on Jewish students. In the 1700s we are finding the first graduates in medicine from the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Holtschneider added: “One of the things the exhibition is trying to show is the links Jews had with the city and how they contributed to the city of Edinburgh. They have played a major role. It is remarkable”