Explore the City's Ancient Alleyways in the Footsteps of Charles Dickens
Keep going this way, but walk on the left pavement now.
One of Dickens's most famous characters is Jewish. Fagin is the cruel leader of the pickpocket gang Oliver Twist is forced to work for. Dickens told his biographer, John Forster that he took the liberty of using the actual name of one of the boys who worked in the factory with him as a child, Bob Fagin. In a later novel, 'Our Mutual Friend', he quelled fears of being perceived as anti-Semitic by portraying a kindly Jewish character called Riah. In one scene, he says "I have no motivate but to help the helpless."