Continental FriendsThere follow reports from recent get-togethers.
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AJR Book Club
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Another successful meeting, chaired by Esther Rinkoff, took place at Joseph’s Bookstore/ Café Also in Temple Fortune, London NW11. The meeting was well attended and the discussion lively. A thoroughly enjoyable and companionable afternoon. Do join – you’ll love it!
Birmingham (West Midlands)
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Meeting at the Betty Lions Hospitality Rooms, an extension of the Birmingham Jewish Care Home, 20 refugees/survivors enjoyed a delightful lunch, reminiscences and chat. It was good to see Esther Rinkoff back with us again.
Brighton and Hove (Sarid)
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Our visit to the Jubilee Library, hosted by the Library’s Ben King, was a real treat. Ben gave us a tour of, and talk on, the 10-year-old masterpiece, designed to combine ecological efficiency with the latest technology.
Bristol and Bath
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Members met at Bannerman Road for a delicious lunch, after which we heard some favourite pieces of music chosen by members along with their reasons for so choosing. One piece of music reminded a member of the English countryside, in sharp contrast with the klezmer music chosen by another guest.
Bromley Continental Friends
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First and Second Generation members enjoyed an afternoon of companionship and lively discussion, encompassing a broad range of topics - from the merits of Ocado deliveries to cultural and leisure events. Exhibitions, film music and books were recalled and reviewed. Hazel told us about future visits and provided a delicious lunch at Liane’s home.
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We were delighted to hear Eva Clarke talk about Wendy Holden’s wonderful book ‘Born Survivors’, which relates the amazing stories of three babies born in a concentration camp. Eva was one of those babies and her late mother had been a member of our group. Eva managed to find the other two babies in different parts of the world and all came together at Mauthausen for a camp liberation anniversary.
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Members enjoyed a delicious deli lunch with rye bread, salmon and other goodies. David Lawson presented his fascinating talk about residents of Ostrawa. He had done detailed research and it was especially interesting to see how descendants of the original individuals had fared, and particularly gratifying to note how large the families had become and how much they had achieved.
Child Survivors Association
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Dr Martin Stern answered the question ‘Why do you write Hebrew backwards?’ and was assisted by members of the audience. Diversions led also to the roots of a number of English-language words - neither Latin nor Greek but Phoenician/Hebrew. Dorothy’s cakes were a delight for the palate.
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Members read out poems that meant a lot to them and we noted how much poetry reflects the age in which it was written. A most enjoyable summer afternoon.
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We had an interesting and informative talk by Lynn Julius, who had herself spent much time in Arab lands, on how Jews were treated in Arab countries both before and after the creation of Israel.
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Local pharmacist Lawrence Collin explained why there is a greater percentage of Jewish nonagenarians compared with the rest of the population. Among those present was Bernice Clarke, who will be 96 this December and is keen to celebrate her 100th birthday as part of the largest number of centenarians in one room in the world!
Hampstead Garden Suburb
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Lesley Urbach told us that Herbert Morrison, the well-known Labour politician and supporter of Zionism, was extremely impressed by how the Jews had toiled the land in Palestine - though it seems he didn't want them to come to the UK.
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Nick Dobson gave us an illustrated talk on dahlias and we were shown many colourful examples. Named after Anders Dahl, dahlias originated in Mexico but came to England in 1798. They are known as Georginas in the USA. The world still awaits the discovery of a blue dahlia, for which a prize is on offer. A great morning.
Imperial Cafe War Veterans
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An array of subjects was covered, including the current issue of refugees and migrants from Calais. We also discussed the liberation of Kaunitz camp, as well as D-Day heroes being awarded the Legion of Honour by the Home Office.
Kensington & Notting Hill
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Meeting for the second time, and my first, those present introduced themselves. It turned out that they were spread across the globe: from the Philippines and Africa to Prague, Vienna and Berlin and, finally, the beautiful city of Sarajevo. Everyone was connected in this cultural melting pot. Thanks to Walter and Kathy for their kind hospitality.
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It made a lovely change to tuck into a fish-and-chip lunch at our meeting. Afterwards Godfrey Gould gave us an enlightening talk on how the railways changed our lives - including the greater availability of food such as fresh fish! Many other benefits of the railways included mass travel, leisure opportunities and fast freight transport.
Kingston & Surrey
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We were the lucky ones as Susan’s long and elegantly laid table welcomed us into her home. There were 21 of us enjoying the unbelievable variety of food. Small wonder that the ensuing chatter was to lead to new friendships being forged and old ones cemented.
Marlow Continental Friends
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We are fortunate in having a fixed venue for our meetings: the beautiful home of Alan Kaye, whom we thank for his hospitality. During the delicious lunch Hazel had prepared for us, we discussed many topics of interest, including the general election, the recent Israeli election, and the ‘Mediterranean boat people’.
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We celebrated our birthday in some style! Good food, wonderful entertainment and great company. What else can one ask for! Thank you Kathryn, Susan and all other helpers for masterminding such a great do.
North West London
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Susan Shaw, a magistrate for 24 years, told us magistrates were an ancient but essential part of our justice system. Magistrates, who are unpaid, she said, need a degree of common sense, although they are trained and kept up to date with changes in the law.
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Nine of the Tribe of the Israelites met for a splendid lunch at the Norwich synagogue. The theme chosen by Kathryn was music, each of us choosing a favourite piece. I was astounded by the ability of small electronic gadgets to coax a good sound from the ether, apart from also being a camera, telephone, etc.
Nottingham (East Midlands)
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We were hosted by Ruth and Jurgen Schweining in their new home. As usual, Ruth provided a lovely lunch, enjoyed by 14 members from around the area. We were delighted to welcome Esther, recovering from her recent illness. As usual, we had a lovely few hours catching up on news.
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Our annual lunch, at the beautiful home of Susie Bates in Abingdon, was a great success. Her garden was in full bloom and we enjoyed refreshments outside before a delicious meal.
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Having enjoyed the sunshine in Robert and Vera Gellman’s house, we moved inside to be treated to a fabulous cream tea and cake with home-made scones. There were goodies to take home and this happy annual occasion was marked by a member’s 100th birthday celebration.
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Marion Friend spoke about her life in the London musical world. Having been an oboist in several major orchestras, she turned to administration of musical centres and education and was recently awarded an MBE. Her love of music was beautifully illustrated by several excellent recordings she played us.
St John's Wood
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The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s (HMDT) Alice Owen told us of the many events that had taken place this year, about the creation of the new Youth Champions’ group, and about plans for 2016. Members also described their own personal experiences, which the HMDT team found very rewarding.
Welwyn Garden City
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We met for a delicious lunch to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Group’s formation together with Esther Rinkoff and some members from the Radlett Group. It was a very enjoyable event and discussion was lively. We saw friendship, support and the sharing of experiences as invaluable within the Group. We expressed our appreciation of the AJR, particularly the expansion of many support services and the inclusion of the Second Generation.
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Nick Dobson spoke about one of his favourite flowers – the dahlia. He showed us some beautiful slides - many of the blooms he had grown himself - and told us the history of this ‘clever’ flower, which apparently has more genes than any other.
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We were joined by members of the Bournemouth Reform Congregation for an outing to Bennett’s Water Gardens at Weymouth. This houses the national collection of water lilies in a group of large ponds connected by broad grass walkways. At the centre is a charming replica of the Japanese bridge in Monet’s garden at Givenchy. We admired the many water lilies of various colours and enjoyed a fine cream tea.