I have given these posts # as no doubt there will be several as more names come to light.
The Jewish Encyclopedia, p 567 - facsimile online @ http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com identifies albeit briefly Baron Solomon Benedict De Worms, an English Financier (1801 - 1882). Baron Solomon and his brothers (Maurice and Gabriel) purchased a large estate which became known as the Rothschild Estate in 1841. When they sold their estate in 1865 they had no less than 2,000 acres under cultivation. Both brothers are recognised as major contributors to the Ceylonese economy at the time and as generous benefactors to Jewish Charities.
More Contemporary names:
Wikipedia: Names of S/L Jews
- Sidney Abrahams, Chief Justice
- Jeanne Hoban, political activist and trade unionist (Jewish maternal grandfather)
- Rhoda Miller, political activist
- Hedi Keuneman (nee Stadlen), political activist
- Anne Ranasinghe, poet
- Leonard Woolf, Administrative officer and author
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Abrahams
Sir Sidney Solomon Abrahams (11 February 1885 - 14 May 1957), nicknamed Solly, was a British Olympic athlete and Chief Justice of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). He was the older brother of famed Olympian Harold Abrahams.Born in Birmingham, England, Abrahams competed for Cambridge University from 1904 to 1906. At the un-official Olympiad, the 1906 'Intercalated Games' held in
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedi_Stadlen
Hedi Stadlen, (6 January 1916 – 21 January 2004), better known in Sri Lanka as Hedi Keuneman, was an Austrian Jewish philosopher, political activist and musicologist. She was one of the handful of European Radicals in Sri Lanka. She was born Hedwig Magdalena Simon in Vienna to Else Reis and Hans Simon, an eminent economist and banker. She was one of those whose life was deeply affected by the spread of virulent Fascism in Europe in the 1930s. Both her parents were assimilated, non-observant Jews, her father had her both baptised to make sure that she would have anti-Semitic shopkeepers during the starvation caused by the First World War. She was sent to a progressive school in Vienna founded by the Polish-Jewish feminist Eugenia Schwarzwald, at whose home Hedi met such figures as the painter Oskar Kokoschka and the architect Adolph Loos. When she was 14, as an atheist she elected under the Austrian Constitution to register as Konfessionslos (religionless). She studied philosophy at the University of Vienna. One of her lecturers, Professor Moritz Schlick was shot by a deranged student. The student was later paroled, acclaimed as a 'heroic Aryan' and, became a member of the Austrian Nazi party after the Anschluss. Incidents such as this caused Dr Simon to leave
Through contacts in Whitehall, Dr Simon sent his daughter to Newnham College, Cambridge University, where she continued her studies, but switched to Moral Sciences (philosophy) under Ludwig Wittgenstein.She spent her weekends in London working for the cause of Indian freedom in Krishna Menon's India League - with Indira Gandhi among others. She later explained that 'the racial discrimination suffered by the Jews in Austria made me feel sympathetic to the victims of colonial rule and strengthened my determination to identify with the fight for the freedom and independence of colonial peoples.' The capitalist crisis, fascism and the Spanish Civil War attracted her to the Communist Party of Great Britain. The historian Eric Hobsbawm fell in love with Hedi Simon, but she, in turn fell in love with another Communist undergraduate, Pieter Keuneman who was President of the Cambridge Union and editor of the student magazine Granta. He was the son of a Dutch Burgher Supreme Court Justice in Sri Lanka. Hedi Simon graduated with First Class Honours in 1939, but as a woman, was excluded under university rules from the award of her degree. She married Pieter Keuneman in
References: B. Skanthakumar, 'Hedi Stadlen (Keuneman) 1916-2004: Indefatigable political activist', Sunday Observer, 11 July 2004; Alan Rusbridger, 'Hedi Stadlen: From political activism in Colombo to new insights on Beethoven' The Guardian, 29 January 2004.