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London Jewish Bakers’ Union banner

This painted silk banner was made around 1925, and is one of only two surviving Jewish union banners in Britain. It belonged to the London Jewish Bakers’ Union, the longest lived Jewish trade union, which operated from 1905 to 1970.

The banner represents a tangible link with the Jewish labour movement which flourished in London’s East End at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. It was commissioned while Michael Proof, a leading militant, was the union’s secretary. The banner reminded shoppers to buy bread with the union label, which guaranteed that it was baked under acceptable working conditions. The other side of the banner has the same slogans in Yiddish, and an enlarged depiction of the union label.

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25/04/2013

Evelyn Simmons (Zarrop)

My grandfather Mosha Rabinovitch I was told was a union member he worked I think in Brick Lane or in the east end

when I was a child mid to late 1940 I will be coming to England from Australia next month is there a record I could look up he died in 1962

Regards E simmons

01/09/2012

Juliet Levene Milkens

My grandfather, Simon Levene, was an early member of the Union and My uncle ,Nathan Lenexa was also a member. I remember hearing the name of Moshe Trompeter in family stories

30/08/2012

martin jacobs

My uncle Solomon Lever was the secretary of the bakers union.

08/04/2012

Lawrie Nerva

A wonderful example of

workers' solidarity.

12/12/2011

Judith

How wonderful to be able to see the reverse side so clearly!

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