Footprints on the Sands of Time1900
Footprints on the Sands of Time
At the end of the 19th century many Jews fled persecution in the Russian Empire and came to Glasgow. Charles Frank was one of these. He married Miriam Lipetz, and first settled in the Gorbals but moved to Dixon Avenue. Their daughter, Hannah Frank, was brought up there, declaring at an early age that she wanted to be an artist. She created distinctive black and white drawings, such as “Flight” reflecting her awareness of the fate of Jewish people (all 8,000 of the Jews in Vilkomer, her father’s home town in Lithuania, were massacred in 1941). She later produced sculptures and wrote poetry and said she wanted her art to “leave footprints on the sands of time”. She died in 2008 aged 100.
Like Hannah Frank’s art the Jewish community of Govanhill has left footprints on the sands of time such as Langside synagogue, still used. But many are now just memories like Celia’s deli and Godfreys the kosher butcher in Allison Street, where there was also the office of the Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society.
Jews from Eastern Europe settled in Glasgow as hawkers, tailors and shopkeepers moving from Gorbals to Govanhill/Crosshill and then farther south reaching a population of 10,000 or so. They have also moved up the social scale leaving more footprints in the law, academia, business and the arts.