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Jan 2001 Journal

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After sixty glorious years

In mid-1941 the war that had been raging for nearly two years changed its character.

The Nazi invasion of Russia inflicted fresh misery on millions, but also finally saved Britain the threat of invasion. Alongside this dramatic transformation on the world stage, a micro-event of considerable significance to thousands of Jewish refugees in Britain took place: the AJR constituted itself. Soon after, the fledgling organisation put out its first circular.

There were to be eleven such ‘bulletins’ in all before the first issue of the fully conceived AJR Information saw the light of day in January 1946. Since then a grand total of six hundred and sixty issues has appeared without a single month’s gap. This unbroken record of continuity has gone hand in hand – particularly latterly – with a readiness to change. The journal started featuring photographs in 1983 and changed both typeface and layout that same year and again in 1991.

Now we are embarking on an even bigger – threefold (!) – change. The publication previously known as AJR Information has transmogrified into the AJR Journal. It has simultaneously assumed a conventional A4 format, and made the leap from black-and-white to add the use of a second colour. At the same time I would like to assure my traditional reader experiencing ‘the shock of the new’ that we remain committed to the core values on which our Founding Fathers based the organisation sixty years ago.
Richard Grunberger

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