In the last two decades there has been a huge increase in the number of testimony/oral history projects which have put individuals’ experiences into the wider public realm and have thus re-defined our understanding of major historical events in the twentieth century.
None of these projects have dealt with the experiences of the displaced Jews from North Africa, the Middle East, and Iran, who left their homes and settled in the UK. It is of the highest priority to preserve the memories of the elder generation of Sephardi/Mizrachi Jews in order to add their voices to the historiography of British Jews and to the historiography of immigration to Britain. By recording the stories of the Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews, the memories of individuals who grew up in communities which often no longer exist, will be passed on to the next generations and create a sense of pride and continuity.
Sephardi Voices will thus cater to the urgent need for more understanding and knowledge of the experiences of Jews from North Africa, the Middle East, and Iran in the twentieth century while simultaneously adding value to a sense of history within Jewish communities and within individual families.