Robert Hirschfield

A small tombstone containing a child next to an adult tombstone at Calcutta?s Jewish Cemetery. (Photograph by Robert Hirschfield)

The Last Jews of Calcutta

Nahoum & Son’s Bakery, in the labyrinthine New Market in central Calcutta, is the embarkation point for making contact with the city’s Jewish community. David Nahoum, its undisputed leader, said to be about 90 and in ill health, no longer sells plum cakes, greets visitors or gives interviews to reporters. The first two responsibilities have been outsourced to Mr. Hulda, Nahoum’s friend, business associate and a Hindu.