Aug 2001 Journal

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Six decades of ‘AJR Information’

In the first event marking AJR’s 60th Anniversary year, a unique gathering of scholars and senior members of the refugee generation met at London University’s Institute of Germanic Studies (IGS) to hear distinguished German-Jewish refugee academic Lord Moser reveal that his recent peerage was granted 65 years to the day after his arrival in Britain. “To have published AJR Information continuously for the best part of six decades is a remarkable achievement,” said Lord Moser, recalling the 1940s when his parents derived information, confidence and support from its pages.

Organised by Prof Edward Timms, director of Sussex University’s Centre for German-Jewish Studies, the symposium investigated AJR’s highly regarded monthly magazine as a source of valuable historical information. Prof Rüdiger Görner, director of the IGS, welcomed his fellow academics and the former refugees from Germany and Austria to a “spiritual home.”

Dr Anthony Grenville presented a paper drawing on his own experiences researching AJR Information for his social and cultural history of the refugee community to be published next year. Dr Jon Hughes (University of Sussex) placed AJR Information in the context of a number of other exile publications in Paris, Prague, Moscow, Amsterdam, New York and London of which only New York’s Aufbau and AJR’s magazine survive.

Prof John Grenville (University of Birmingham) discussed the potential for making AJR Information available on CD-Rom, based on his successful transfer of the Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook. The symposium ended with a panel discussion chaired by Prof Timms in which members of the current editorial team, Richard Grunberger, Katia Gould and Ronald Channing, discussed the future potential of the magazine.

Lord Moser presented Richard Grunberger with a bound presentation volume of the last two years of AJR Information in appreciation of 13 years of outstanding editorship.
Ronald Channing

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