The last volume of Transactions was based on the activities of the Jewish Historical Society of England during the period 1935-39, ending with the session which immediately preceded the outbreak of war. Its activities, like those of most similar bodies, were suspended with the beginning of hostilities, many of the younger members soon being on active service and the attention of all con? centrated on more imperative matters. In the course of 1940, the customary activities of the Society were resumed, in a modified form, to be soon interrupted again by the opening of the enemy bombing attacks on London and the consequent temporary removal of many members. It was now decided to follow a new policy, lectures being delivered in a number of provincial centres, which not only reached members away from their homes, but also to some extent interested an entirely new public. The first of these meetings

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