Identity book card

Identity book

MMM.1998.121.1

On display

In the 1880s, whole Jewish communities fled terrible discrimination and attacks when the Russian government introduced new rules restricting every aspect of their daily lives. Many families escaped to Liverpool in order to travel on to destinations like America. Some, like Sarah Levy, who came here in the 1890s stayed in the city. Sarah, and her husband Hyman, owned a grocery shop on Stancliffe Street. Sarah was required to report to the Aliens Registration Office to get this identity book stamped up until her death in 1960. Despite tensions between the long established Jewish community who had already found their feet, many new arrivals settled in the Brownlow Hill area. Most of these new arrivals would have only spoken Yiddish. Although families were originally registered as aliens, the next generation became naturalised British citizens.