Continental Friends

There follow reports from recent get-togethers.

For information about meetings email Susan Harrod - susan@ajr.org.uk

Northern Groups

Bradford Continental Friends

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A ‘Yorkshire European’
John King, editorial board member of the Second Generation’s New Voices, spoke of identity problems. Referring to his own background – that of an English non-Jewish father and an Austrian-Jewish mother who had come to England on the Kindertransport and been adopted by an English non-Jewish family – he concluded that he was a ‘Yorkshire European’. He added that the Second Generation had its place as an intellectually independent forum.

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Sailing Close to the Wind
In a lively discussion we discovered that we had in our midst a runner who had earned numerous trophies, a musician who had descended from a musical/dental family and was still playing the cello in an orchestra, and a sailor who had sailed ‘close to the wind’ on more than one occasion.

Didsbury Continental Friends

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Favourite Places to Visit
We enjoyed a discussion about ‘A favourite place you have visited and/or somewhere you would like to visit’. Places ranged from the Lake District to Llandudno, Florida to Tel Aviv. We discussed favourite buildings and walks in the UK too. A most illuminating afternoon.

Dundee

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Important to Keep In Touch and Great to Catch Up!
The small group of friends were delighted to have the opportunity to meet up again in Dundee. We had such a lovely afternoon and lots to talk about. There was much to discuss concerning Israel and how best to support it, as well as Scottish independence and the latest AJR news. It’s so important to keep in touch and great to catch up!

Edinburgh

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Smiles All Round
It was smiles all round at our get-together at the home of Eva Baer. Funny stories of moments, some from long ago, brought back happy memories for both First and Second Generation members. A good way to break the ice for first-time visitor Pat. The comradely atmosphere carried on over a most scrumptious tea.

Glasgow

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Recollections of the Kindertransport
Several members attended the Scottish Jewish Archive Centre Open Day to hear Michele Gold discuss her new book on the Kindertransport. Following a clip from a TV programme of some years ago of Esther Rantzen interviewing Sir Nicholas Winton, Michele invited Kinder present to stand up and they were applauded enthusiastically. Renee and Henry explained that shortly after arriving on the Kindertransport, they were uprooted again - evacuated from Glasgow to the countryside.

Glasgow Book Club

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The Land Agent Enjoyed by All
J. David Simons’s new book The Land Agent was enjoyed by all. We’re already looking forward to his next book, which is still in the making.

Glasgow CF

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Life of a Kosher Caterer
Thirty-six people turned out for Doreen Cohen’s trip Down Memory Lane. Doreen, formerly of Simcha Catering, enlightened us with stories of life as a kosher caterer to the Glasgow Jewish community. Her tales of catering a function at which President Bill Clinton was guest of honour as well as walking out of a council function when they insisted on using council dishes went down well.

Harrogate/York CF

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3-Hour-Plus Epic
Our little group, meeting at Inge Little’s home, became a 3-hour-plus epic. The discussion became surprisingly animated as topics ranged from our favourite films - e.g. Fiddler on the Roof - to Inge’s amateur dramatics, to Israel. All this followed by home-made goodies supplied by Inge and Rosl.

Hull

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Heart-warming Thank-You Stories
As usual, a delicious afternoon tea followed a wonderful discussion entitled ‘Someone You Would like to Thank’, inspired by Radio 4’s Saturday Live programme’s heart-warming thank-you stories. We agreed that tiny acts of kindness mean as much as the huge ones and all recounted our own anecdotes.

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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A Most Interesting Afternoon
We were treated to a presentation by Philippa Lester, who had recently co-written a book on Leeds Jews entitled From the Leylands to Leeds 17. A typically scrumptious tea provided by Barbara Cammerman finished off a most interesting afternoon excellently!

Liverpool

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Children of the Holocaust
We had a presentation by Kath Shackleton from Fettle Animation on their multi-award-nominated Children of the Holocaust. We were all overwhelmed by how much an animated film could portray such difficult subject matter so effectively.

Manchester (Continental Friends)

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The Delights of Jewish Humour
Budding comedian and klezmer performer Ian Stern revealed to us much of the humour with which Jewish performers have delighted the world. We laughed at video clips of the likes of Mason and Borge. A delightful afternoon.

Newcastle

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‘A Family’s Escape’
Our very own Betty Weiner was runner-up in the Memoirs section of the 2014 Fish Anthology writing competition and her 4,000-word entry on her family’s journey from Vienna in 1938 was selected for publication. Betty read us excerpts from her entry. Her talk, entitled ‘Writing about a Family’s Escape’, was well attended and followed by a sit-down tea.

Sheffield

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Someone You’d Like to Thank
We focused on individuals who had never been properly thanked, including two teachers chosen for their gentle and kind introductions to Englishness and Shakespeare. We thanked those who had reconnected families and provided new ones, with the AJR also featuring high on the list of those making us all feel included.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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Super Turnout
There was a super turnout at the home of Ruth and Werner Lachs for a discussion about favourite films and actors. The afternoon finished splendidly with a table full of cream cakes, strudel, lemon drizzle cake and iced kuchen. A good time was had by all.