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Extracts from the Apr 2006 Journal

1 April 1933: the first action against the Jews

On 1 April 1933, the newly installed Nazi regime, barely two months old, launched a one-day boycott of Jewish businesses and professions. The boycott was the first state-sponsored measure against the Jews, the first step on the long and dreadful road that led to the Nuremberg Laws, the Crystal Night pogrom, and eventually the 'Final Solution'. It initiated the process of official, state-inspired discrimination against the Jews and their separation from society as an inferior group no longer protected by law from the depredations and cruelty of the Nazis. The boycott began what the historian Lucy Dawidowicz called 'the war against the Jews'. It should not be allowed to drift into obscurity. [more...]

The biter bitten

Few readers of this journal will be able to resist a feeling of satisfaction at the jail sentence meted out by an Austrian court to the odious David Irving. Since his first book, The Destruction of Dresden (1963), which began his life's work of relativising and minimising Nazi crimes, he has written a series of books profoundly offensive to Jews on account of his attempts to whitewash Hitler and to airbrush the Holocaust out of history, most obviously in Hitler's War (1977). [more...]

Point of View

Antisemites and anti-Zionists

Antisemitism is a word that should be used sparingly. It is tempting to say 'Everyone in the world hates us', but most of the world's 6,000 million inhabitants have not heard of, or are indifferent to, us. On the other hand, to claim negligible antisemitic activity in the UK, as does Tony Lerman, the director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, shows only that he has not been in a university environment recently and has not seen the recent Populus survey or noticed the Anglican Church's antics. [more...]

Making a New Life: Women's work

The women we have interviewed have expressed a wide variety of attitudes towards work: some viewed it as merely a stopgap prior to marriage and children; others were more ambitious, claiming vocations held from an early date. However, many of the factors which played an important role in determining their careers, both in Continental Europe and in the UK, were shaped or influenced by their gender. [more...]

Art Notes

This is Paris. And I'm an American who lives here.' Thus Gene Kelly, as struggling artist Jerry Mulligan, opens the Gershwin musical An American in Paris. Though the 1950s film may have little to do with the Rothschild-sponsored National Gallery's new exhibition, Americans in Paris 1860-1900, it does evoke the passion and romance which Paris suggests to New World artists who had only a puritan, rural tradition derived from the Pilgrim Fathers. [more...]

Diligent study (book review)

by Helen P. Fry
Tiverton: Halsgrove, 2005, 183pp., £19.99 [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Ghetto pension

Changes to German social security legislation now enable Holocaust survivors who apply for a pension in respect of work done in Nazi-occupied ghettos during the Second World War to be backdated to 1997, provided applications are submitted before 30 June 2006. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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