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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Finest Salt Beef in the Western Hemisphere
We were pleased to welcome Chris Tweddle, our new social worker. We reminisced about the food of our youth from grandmothers’ kitchens: home-made spekulaas and waffles with vanilla, chicken soup from Tesco’s everyday value to Fortnum & Mason Gold Star quality. On the question of salt beef, Wendy declared that hers was the finest in the Western hemisphere and she was leant on to bring salt beef sandwiches on a future occasion to embellish her already legendary ‘delicious teas’.

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Didsbury Continental Friends

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Kinder Play

We had the pleasure to meet Emma Degan, in Manchester to play the role of Helga in Kindertransport at the Opera House. It was most interesting to talk to her and she was keen to hear stories from members of our group.


Dundee

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Exploring Roots
A small group of enthusiastic members gathered at the second meeting of the group. We explored our roots as well as present-day problems in Europe. It was also an opportunity to hear about AJR social work services from Myrna and Jim.

Edinburgh

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Delightful Lunch and Concert
A delightful time was had by all at the annual lunch and concert at the Royal Overseas League.

Glasgow

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Intergenerational Question Time on Scottish Independence’
Members turned out in force to question a panel consisting of Ken Mackintosh MSP (‘No’ vote), Stewart Maxwell MSP (‘Yes’ vote), 1st-Generation Henry Wuga and 2nd-Generation Frank Angell. In the chair was Edward Isaacs. Among the questions were ‘Given the recent flying of the Palestinian flag by Glasgow City Council, would we as Jews be comfortable in an independent Scotland?’ Later, everyone joined in singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Alice Malcolm on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Glasgow Book Club

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An Excellent Read
There was no shortage of input from members at our meeting in the home of Marion Camrass. The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris proved an excellent read. We were delighted to welcome Rita McNeil to the Book Club.

Glasgow CF

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West Enders and South Siders
We enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens. Some of the West Enders met new friends from the South Side for the first time and found they had lots in common. An event to be repeated!

Harrogate/York CF

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Report on Holocaust Commission

Meeting at the Schatzbergers’ home, we were told by Inge Little of her attendance at the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission in Wembley. We were joined by University of York postgraduates Sebastian and Hugh, who are making an educational video based on survivors’ experiences. Some of our members agreed to be interviewed.


Hull

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Ensuring that Future Generations Never Forget
At this meeting, kindly hosted by Rose Abrahamson, members discussed the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission. The overall opinion was that Holocaust education is the most important factor in ensuring that future generations never forget.

Leeds

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Leeds and Manchester Mutual Friends
Members of the Leeds and Manchester groups met for lunch at Brackmans Bakery, followed by a visit to the Manchester Jewish Museum to see an exhibition by Jewish artists including Chagall and Soutine. Some members from across the Pennines found ‘mutual friends’ from their birth places and had even attended the same cheder!

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Annual Garden Party
We were serenaded by violinist Elaine Green in the magnificent gardens belonging to Pippa and Norman Landey, who so generously offer their home each summer for our Annual Garden Party. A sumptuous afternoon tea of home baking followed, all catered by Pippa. Everyone went home with a big smile on their face.

Liverpool

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Many Thanks Susanne Green
Our June meeting saw one of the largest attendances of members to bid farewell to our very good friend and co-ordinator Susanne Green, who is retiring next month, and to welcome our new ‘leader’, Wendy Bott. Susanne has worked tirelessly for the group and nothing was ever too much for her. We shall all miss her

Manchester (Continental Friends)

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Unique Creation of Holocaust Memorials
Antonia Stowe, a most gifted artist, spoke to us about her unique creation of Holocaust memorials constructed with six million + buttons. The project is still in its early stages; eventually the memorials will be housed at Huddersfield University. Substantial funds for the project still have to be raised.

Newcastle

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Various Ways of Helping Members
Susan Cohen of the Six Point Foundation told us about the various ways in which they have been able to help members. We were further delighted to welcome some of our Gateshead members, who came along for the first time to hear Susan’s talk. A very interesting and informative meeting.

Sheffield

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History of the Jewish Community of Bradford
Nigel Grizzard gave a most interesting talk on the growth of the Jewish community in Bradford, its influence on that city, and its increasing links with Israel.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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Unique Project

We welcomed TV/theatre presenters Ros and Jane Merkin, who spoke to us about their unique project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport. They have created the mobile (no props) play Suitcase, which they will perform at railway stations up and down the country.