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Continental Friends

There follow reports from recent get-togethers.

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Southern Groups

AJR Book Club

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Funny and Inventive
Meeting at Joseph’s Bookstore, we discussed Jonas Jonasson’s The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. We all thought it funny and inventive. Afterwards we enjoyed a delightful lunch. Next book: The Housemaid’s Daughter by Barbara Mutch (at 3.00 pm.

Birmingham (West Midlands)

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Calls on an MP’s Time
Dudley MP Ian Austin, the son of Margaret and Fred Austin, enthusiastic supporters of our group meetings, told us something of the various calls on an MP’s time, both in Westminster and in the constituency.

Brighton and Hove (Sarid)

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A Great Meeting
With our speaker unable to attend due to the rail strike, we discussed the WJR (CBF) and how Holocaust victims were brought to the UK. Leon related his and his family’s experiences on their arrival here. In addition we discussed the importance of voting, Judaism and the East End. A great meeting!

Bristol and Bath

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Pivotal Meeting
A full house for our meeting, Myrna’s very last hosting! Our speaker having been forced to cancel, Myrna got us to ad lib on the theme ‘A pivotal meeting that changed the course of my life’. We received some gems and hearts were truly touched.

Bromley Continental Friends

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Lively Members
Meeting for lunch in Liane’s flat, a lively group of members, including three of the Second Generation, debated various topics, including the works of historian Dr Helen Fry. Those who had seen the recent stage production of Kindertransport gave their impressions of it. Reminiscences were shared by all, in particular Gerda and Lore.

Cambridge

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Archaeology: Fact and Fiction
A delightful talk, enjoyed also by a number of new Second Generation members, was given by Dr Pia Spry-Marques from Cambridge University on fact and fiction as depicted in books and films dealing with archaeology.

Cardiff

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Delightful Entertainment
Lunch at the Cardiff Reform Synagogue was a pleasant affair organised by Myrna Glass and followed by delightful entertainment by Lynne Bradley, who revealed hidden stories behind The Wizard of Oz and Singin’ in the Rain, read her own poetry, and sang beautifully.

Child Survivors Association

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'Why is Hebrew Written Backwards?'
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.

Ealing

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Personalities of Germans and Jews
Psychotherapist Andrea Hann discussed her research into the personalities of Germans and Jews in relation to the generations before and after the Second World War as well as providing insight into the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany. There followed a very interesting interactive session. A very stimulating afternoon.

Edgware

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A Wonderful Lady
Dr Susan Cohen spoke in a most interesting and fluent way about Eleanor Rathbone, a biography of whom she has published. Due in large part to Eleanor Rathbone’s charitable work, many people found a new home in this country and many of us can be very grateful to this wonderful lady.

Essex

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Inside Jewish Care
Jewish Care’s Teresa Clark told us about her work - helping the elderly with filling in forms, getting the right benefits and obtaining the appropriate services. Among the many things she told us was that the Borough of Southend and neighbouring districts have approximately 5,000 Jewish inhabitants and that Jewish Care has 3,000 volunteers!

Hampstead Garden Suburb

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The Search for Nazi-Looted Art
David Glasser from the Ben Uri Gallery spoke to us about ‘Nazi-Looted Art’: an enormous amount of work is being done internationally to determine where missing works of art are and how they can be restored to their original owners or heirs. A most interesting afternoon.

Ilford

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Legal Tour of the City of London
Lawyer and part-time city guide Colin Davey took us on an armchair tour of the City of London, highlighting the many law companies active in that area. He spiced his talk with humorous anecdotes, giving us all a very cheerful and interesting morning.

Imperial Cafe War Veterans

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May the Sun Keep on Shining!
We did the memory of Willy Field proud. We are grateful to Esther, Hazel and Susan for devising such a plethora of outings over the coming months. May the sun keep on shining!

Kent

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Jewish Boxing Legend
David Barnett recounted the amazing tale of Jewish prize-fighter Daniel Mendoza, who in Regency England earned the equivalent of millions of pounds in today’s money - although he died penniless.

Kingston Continental Friends

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Enlightening and Moving Talk
Hazel showed us a video of a talk she had given about looking after her granddaughter, who has the neurological condition Rett Syndrome. We found the talk enlightening and extremely moving.

Marlow Continental Friends

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‘The M Room’
A record number of people - 15 - attended a talk by historian Dr Helen Fry, who spoke mainly about her recent book The M Room, which tells the story of German POWs in the UK and those who listened in to their bugged conversations. Our thanks to Alan Kaye, who again put his lovely house at our disposal.

Nightingale House

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Small World
Two members of our group who had been living on the same floor at Nightingale hadn't previously realised that they both came to this country at the age of 15 and are both of the same age. Small world. Also, we talked about careers we have had.

North London

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AJR Intern Jumps into the Breach
Following a cancellation by our scheduled speaker, AJR intern Dora Köhler most ably jumped into the breach and we had an interesting and fruitful talk and discussion. Thank you, Dora!

North West London

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Developing Creative Talents
Martha Richler, daughter of Mordecai Richler, read us an essay from his book Barney’s Version. She then told us about growing up with her siblings in Canada and not being allowed to make any noise between 7.30 am and 4 pm while her father was writing, though this enabled them to develop their creative talents.

Norwich (Norfolk)

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Goodies and Poetry
We had a grand time eating our way through lots of goodies as well as the great pleasure of listening to a reading by Kieron Pim of a poem by 13th-century poet Meir of Norwich.

Nottingham (East Midlands)

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Excellent Hospitality in an Eclectic Home
Ruth and Jurgen’s excellent hospitality in the comfort of their eclectic home made this a most enjoyable meeting. Conversation and home-made apple juice flowed!

Oxford

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A Deeply Moving Film
John Fieldsend introduced and showed us the wonderful documentary Nicky’s Children, about Sir Nicholas Winton’s rescue of children from Czechoslovakia to England. Deeply moving.

Pinner

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Sensitive Approach
Counsellor and probation officer Rosemary Green gave us remarkable insight into her difficult work, particularly among young offenders with distressing histories inside prison. Her sensitive approach earned her the trust of the most hardened inmates.

Radlett

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Watermarks Screening
We were treated to a screening of Watermarks, about the women swimmers of the inter-war Vienna Hakoah club and the reunion of some of them several years ago. One member of our group had actually been a member of Hakoah.

St John's Wood

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Lives of the Richlers
A very good meeting with Martha Richler, daughter of the famous Canadian author, the late Mordecai Richler, reading from his book of essays and telling us about his life. Her life as a cartoonist and writer was also most interesting.

Surrey

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Special Treat
It was a special treat to meet the Surrey group in Edmee’s lovely home in Epsom. Eating delicious food and drinking good strong coffee while looking out at Edmee’s beautiful garden from her glass conservatory, Hazel and I chatted to members and gathered new ideas and suggestions for future meetings.

Welwyn Garden City

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Local Quaker Support for Kinder
We had a good turnout for an excellent talk by Peter Colman, a local resident who has been researching the Kindertransport and Second-Generation Jews in the Welwyn area. Much of his research related to Quaker support.

Wembley

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An Amazing Family
A fascinating talk illustrated with slides and film excerpts by Howard Lanning, whose amazing family all were, and still are, connected to the film industry. We enjoyed the afternoon and learned a lot about the movie industry.

Wessex (Bournemouth)

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A Lovely, Festive Occasion
We met at the Synagogue for a Chanukah and listened to a wise and uplifting talk by the Rabbi linking the Chanukah story to the strength and determination of many AJR members. A lovely festive, social occasion.