Continental FriendsThere follow reports from recent get-togethers.
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AJR Book Club
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Birmingham (West Midlands)
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We had an excellent turn-out for a showing of Nicky’s Family. John Fieldsend, one of the children saved by Sir Nicholas Winton and who features in the film, answered questions from the audience afterwards – we are most grateful to him.
Brighton and Hove (Sarid)
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Jenny Manson spoke about her life and career. Having graduated from Oxford, she joined the Civil Service and has written books on her career there.
Bristol and Bath
for further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.orgMaking Our Own Entertainment
With Kathryn as co-ordinator, we made our own entertainment, hearing the unique stories of our members. We greeted our highest number of Second-Generation attendees – and a new mother-and-daughter couple to boot!
Bromley Continental Friends
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We enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Hazel and the warm hospitality of Liane’s home. Members, including four Second-Generation ones, were enlightened by the personal accounts by those present of their backgrounds and journeys to this country, where they made their new homes.
for further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.orgArt and Politics in the Weimar Republic
Mary-Ann Middelkoop, from the University of Cambridge, gave us fascinating insight into German visual art in the inter-war period. She included examples of Max Liebermann’s Impressionism, anti-war photo-montages by John Heartfield (Helmut Herzfeld) and satirical drawings of Berlin life by Georg (Ehrenfried) Grosz, the latter both members of Berlin Dada.
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A decision was made to run the group twice yearly, in May and September/October, with a speaker where possible. AJR Social Services Head Sue Kurlander made members aware of services provided by the organisation which they could make use of should they wish to do so.
Child Survivors Association
for further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org'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.
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Once again our Chairman Otto Deutsch entertained us with a really enjoyable morning of music, with songs by such as Judy Garland, Edith Piaf and Sophie Tucker. A warm friendly meeting.
Hampstead Garden Suburb
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Imperial Cafe War Veterans
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The usual convivial group of ‘elder statesmen’, eight in all, met for their monthly coffee morning, presided over by the ever-caring Esther. Discussions ranged from everyday problems to concern about the state of the world: the consensus was that our children and grandchildren would inherit an even more difficult and complex world.
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Godfrey Gould gave the most fascinating talk on Orde Wingate. He described the gifted but eccentric soldier who did so much to help the Jewish cause in Palestine, enjoying a meteoric career after an unpromising start.
Kingston Continental Friends
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David Barnett told us how 18th-centuryJewish boxer Daniel Mendoza became a champion at a time when boxing was unregulated in terms of the stature of its participants. Many thanks to Irene Gould, who kindly offered her home, including delicious homemade food, for this meeting.
Marlow Continental Friends
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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.
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We learned so much more about the ‘Dreyfus affair’ from our brilliant speaker, Raymond Sturgess – e.g. the withholding of vital information and the incompetence of the French military. Fortunately, the handwriting in a published copy of a crucial letter was recognised by a reader in South America and this led to the apprehension of the real traitor – Major Esterhazy.