Extracts from the Feb 2009 Journal
Seventy-five years ago, in 1933, the Academic Assistance Council, known from 1936 as the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, was founded. The AAC/SPSL was a remarkable body that played a unique part in the rescue of scholars and scientists, mostly Jewish, who had been dismissed by the Nazis from their posts at German and Austrian universities and whose livelihoods, and lives, were endangered. [more...]
Last September the BBC ran a programme called ‘God on Trial’ in which, fictionally, some of the prisoners in Auschwitz demanded to know the nature of a god that can allow so much suffering to take place. They decided to put God on trial. [more...]
After Europe’s long dark night of the soul, a post-war artistic boom ignited Paris. The spirit of Modernism, fostered by art mogul Aimée Maeght’s Galerie Maeght in 1945, brought a sparkling array of artists out of the cold. Miro, Calder, Giacometti and Braque introduced colour, energy, mythology and surrealism to counter the gloom of war. [more...]
Towards reconciliation [more...]
When my granddaughter told me she intended to participate in her school trip to Eastern Europe, I was aghast. Why would any normal Israeli teenager wish to inflict upon herself the sights and associations aroused by concentration camps? Wouldn’t this scar her tender soul for ever? Even possibly traumatise her? After attempting to delicately indicate my reservations, I was informed that the young lady was determined to go, that most of her fellow-pupils would be going, and that she felt it would be an important educational and social experience for her. [more...]
This article is based on a talk by Dr Rosner to Club 43.
Peter Altenberg (1859-1919, born Richard Engländer) had two main weaknesses: he was excessively fond of the fair sex - ranging from ten-year-old schoolgirls to mature prostitutes - and even fonder of money. [more...]