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Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, PHO.S.0005

Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, PHO.S.0005

This image, from the 155th Glasgow Scouts taken some time in the 1930s is a fabulous display of nationality. The troop was founded in 1928 and was the first Jewish troop in Scotland. This image was taken outside of a Synagogue, during a Synagogue parade. On the right of the image is the union flag, displaying loyalty to the UK which, obviously, is a very visual display of allegiance to the nation. The flag to the left is the troop’s own flag, which contains an image of the Star of David. Many of the members are also wearing kilts as part of the uniform, which shows their loyalty to Scotland. Through these three elements, the group is demonstrating its Jewishness, Britishness and Scottishness at the same time. This is quite an impressive use of three potentially competing loyalties, which the troop have managed to combine into one display of allegiance.

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