Extracts from the Feb 2005 Journal

Bridging the Bosphorus (editorial)

Readers who attended Austrian schools before the Anschluss will not have been surprised that Chancellor Schüssel was one of the EU leaders most vehemently opposed to Turkish membership of the organisation. Austria's national myth casts Vienna in the role of a fortress of Christianity which the Turks besieged in both 1529 and 1683. [more...]

A tale of Jewish Delilahs

I was only moderately surprised at the news (Jewish Chronicle, 10 December) that Kimberley Quinn is Jewish. My blasé attitude does not stem from a suspicion that many Jewish women are femmes fatales, but rather from pride in the fact that their allure can bring down governments - or, at least, home secretaries. [more...]

Emotional farewell as Day Centre organiser Sylvia Matus retires

Sylvia Matus, organiser of AJR's Paul Balint Day Centre, retired at the end of January after 29 years service to the AJR.. [more...]

Ukraine, a Jewish heartland

The current focus on Ukraine in newspaper headlines ought to jog our memory. This country, wedged between Poland and Russia - its very name means borderland - has long been a habitat of Jews. To actually call it a country may be a bit of a misnomer because its ranking in the world, and its exact borders, have often been matters of fierce dispute. For instance, Lviv, the current capital of Western Ukraine, bore the Polish name Lwów until 1939 and the Austrian designation Lemberg before 1918. Just as confusingly, Czernowitz, the easternmost outpost of Austro-Hungary which briefly belonged to Romania, now finds itself inside Ukraine. [more...]

Frank Foley - the paper trail

Back in Germany, on 7 May Foley wrote an eight-page memorandum detailing the disastrous consequences of Hitler's racial laws, which deliberately prevented Jews from earning a living. At the same time, he noted police indifference to Nazi vandalism against Jewish property and the blocking tactics used to prevent Jews from taking their money out on emigration. [more...]

Art Notes

Faces in the Crowd is an enticing title for Whitechapel Gallery's current exhibition. It implies the kind of broad brush-stroke that sweeps through post-Impressionism to Modernism, and is a brave and imaginative attempt to see man from his outer perimeters. Sometimes, it is the crowd rather than the face which offers the defining opportunity to express change. [more...]

Confronting a trauma (book review)

by Amos Oz
translated by Nicholas de Lange, Chatto & Windus, £17.99 [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Hungarian 'Gold Train' lawsuit

At the end of last year, the US government announced its intention to settle the lawsuit dubbed 'Gold Train' filed by a group of Hungarian Holocaust survivors. [more...]