The Shtetl

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Monday, 10 June 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

St Margaret's United Reform Church
Victoria Avenue
N3 1BD


Anyone who has seen Fiddler on the Roof will have a vivid idea of the shtetl, where the story takes place. On the one hand, the shtetl is remembered sentimentally and with a nostalgic glow. On the other hand it is recalled with a grimace of distaste as an isolated, squalid, ramshackle place and a precarious way of life. In this talk, Roger Filer will take us back to the shtetl towns of Eastern Europe and the lives of the people who lived there.

Roger is a retired managing director of Stoll Moss Theatres, which controlled 12 of the West End’s most prestigious theatres, including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the London Palladium. In retirement, Roger has given many lectures on showbiz topics and also on modern Jewish history.