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Extracts from the Feb 2007 Journal

In memory of Herbert Sulzbach

One finds some surprising items in past issues of our journal, but a report from July 1960 takes some beating. Under the heading 'Association of P.O.W.s', it announced that at a gathering in Düsseldorf 25 ex-prisoners of war, former inmates of Featherstone Park Camp in Northumberland, had met their former Interpreter Officer, Captain Herbert Sulzbach, and had decided to form an association whose aim was to improve relations between the German and British peoples. Sulzbach, a German-Jewish refugee who had lived in London since 1937 and later worked in the cultural department of the West German embassy, was elected honorary president of the association, the 'Arbeitskreis (Working Group) Featherstone Park'. [more...]

Lightening the February gloom

Is it really true that we live in a world of unparalleled insecurity, threatened by wars, crises and political confrontations between nations, religions and races? For those of my generation in Britain and Western Europe, born at the end of the Second World War, the decades of our lifetimes have, on the contrary, been a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity. We are the first generation of the twentieth century whose menfolk have not been called up to fight in a major European war. Our grandfathers suffered and died in the trenches of 1914-18, our fathers fought in the war against Hitler or fell victim to murderous Nazi persecution, but I vividly recall my relief at learning in my early teens that conscription was to be abolished: my generation of young men would not more or less automatically become cannon fodder for the next European conflagration. [more...]

Mother's help

Somewhere I wrote that I had had dozens of domestic jobs, but that can't be right. With the best will in the world I can only count nine, but even that is quite impressive, given that my inglorious career as a resident domestic servant lasted only 16-17 months, from September 1938 to the beginning of 1940. By that time, the Home Office must have decided that I had fatigued for long enough their overworked police officers, who had to record my every move, and they allowed me to do office work. [more...]

Speaking again: hidden children of the Holocaust (Review article)

Ce n'est qu'un nom sur une liste, mais c'est mon cimetière: Traumas, deuils et transmission chez les enfants juifs cachés en France pendant l'Occupation
(It's Only a Name on a List, But It's My Cemetery: Trauma, Grieving and Transmission among Jewish Children Hidden in France during the Occupation)
by Yoram Mouchenik
Grenoble: La Pensée Sauvage, Editions, 2006, 173 pp., 20 euros [more...]

Letter from Israel

The not-so-hidden agenda behind the 'Holocaust conference' recently organised by Iran's President Ahmadanejad is, naturally, to deny that the Shoah ever happened. How anyone can come up with such a preposterous idea, especially considering the numerous eye-witnesses and copious documentation bequeathed by the perpetrators, is difficult to grasp. [more...]

Towards a victim mentality (book review)

by Walter Laqueur
Oxford University Press, 2006, 228 pp., £12.99 (Amazon) [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

General insurance claim

Towards the end of last year a settlement was reached committing the Italian insurance giant Assicurazioni Generali to settle policies bought by people who became victims of the Holocaust. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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