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The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man (in the Manx language: Ellan Vannin) is an island situated in the Irish Sea, roughly equidistant from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Although it is not technically part of the United Kingdom (it does not send a representative to the Parliament in Westminster), it is a British crown dependency and the British monarch is Lord of Man.

The Jewish Community

In addition to the small resident Jewish community on the island, a number of Jews were among those interned on the Isle of Man during both World Wars as so-called 'enemy aliens', in particular Jewish prisoners of war in WWI and Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria during WWII.

Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with the Isle of Man include:


Douglas Borough Cemetery, 1940-2005 (67 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updatrd 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Douglas, Isle of Man during the 1830s (1 record), 1840s (6 records), 1850s (5 records) and 1860s (3 records).


Browsable Lists

Burials - Douglas Borough Cemetery, Jewish Section - list of 75 burials (including two at Knockaloe) in browsable form, compiled by Harold Pollins


Jewish Congregation Data

The following are details of the only Jewish congregation to have existed on the island, situated in the capital, Douglas (in the Manx language: Doolish):


Isle of Man Hebrew Congregation


Douglas. The congregation does not have had a synagogue building and meets in members' homes. During World War II, a makeshift synagogue was set up in a Nissen hut at the Onchan Internment Camp

Current Status:


Date Founded:

About 1927 (appears in Jewish Year Book from at least 1928 (but not in the 1927 edition)


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


On-line Articles and other Material relating to
the Jewish Community and
Jewish Internees on the Isle of Man


on third parties' websites

  • Isle of Man National Heritage Museum (iMuseum), the Archives now include over 12,000 internment images of which 3,000 show life at the camp, including photographs of many named individual internees (for example, try searching the word "Jewish"). In addition, the People (Family History) section, includes all World War I internees, and certain World War II are being gradually added.

  • AJR (Association of Jewish Refugees) Journal:

    • Second World War internee records on the Isle of Man, article by Alan Franklin:

      • Part 1 in Volume 8 No. 2, February 2008 (pp. 5,11), pdf.

      • Part 2 in Volume 8 No. 3, March 2008 (pp. 5,10), pdf.

    • 1940-2010: The Individual and Family Legacy of WW2 Internment as it Relates to the Isle of Man - A Guide to Aid Personal Research by Alan Franklin, published in Volume 10 No. 6, June 2010 (pp. 4,5,9,10), pdf.

  • Manx Jews Cling on to Island Life, article by Josh Jackman, published in the Jewish Chronicle 19 May 2016

  • Imprisoned on the Isle of Man: Jewish Refugees Classified as Enemy Aliens, article by Cheryl Kempler, published in B'nai B'rith Magazine 19 September 2016.


Isle of Man Jewish Cemetery Information

During both World Wars, so-called 'enemy aliens' were interned on the Isle of Man. These included prisoners-of-war as well as German and Austrian refugees, many of whom were Jewish. A number of these died and were buried on the island.

  • Douglas Borough Cemetery, Jewish Sectiom, Glencrutchery Road, Douglas, IM2 - This is the only consecrated Jewish cemetery on the island, situated on the north-east corner of the main municipal cemetery. Burials date from 1940, a majority of those interred having been refugees interned on the island. Click here to see a list of 73 burials, in browsable form, at the cemetery (plus two at Knockaloe - see below). (Records also on All-UK Database, as above)

  • Kirk Patrick Churchyard, Knockaloe - This churchyard cemetery includes two simple military-style Jewish gravestones dating from World War I. See Two Graves from Knockaloe by Harold Pollins. (Records on JOWBR, under "Isle of Man".)

(For additional information, see also IAJGS International Jewish Cemetery Project - Isle of Man)


Isle of Man Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Page created by David Shulman: 21 August 2005
Page redesigned by Louise Messik: November 2011
Page most recently amended: 8 September 2023



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