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Extracts from the Jan 2007 Journal

German guilt and Günter Grass

Günter Grass's concealment, for over 60 years, of his brief wartime service in the Waffen SS was inexcusable, but also unaccountable. How much damage could revealing it possibly have done him? Grass was born in Danzig (Gdansk) on 16 October 1927, which made him all of seventeen and four months when he started his active service in the Tenth SS Panzer Division Frundsberg in February 1945; it ended two months later when he was wounded and taken prisoner by the Americans. [more...]

A sad loss

Many of us who were children in the 1950s will remember cowering behind the sofa when BBC TV broadcast the Quatermass series. At last, here was adult science fiction, not the usual old American hokum. Sadly, the creator of Quatermass, Nigel Kneale, died recently. Kneale worked on Quatermass with the refugee producer-director Rudolph Cartier (Katscher), one of a small number of refugees to establish themselves in the new medium. The refugee intellectual elite - Martin Esslin, Hans Keller, Stephen Hearst - preferred the more cerebral medium of radio. [more...]

No quotas for faith schools - but, better still, no faith schools

What a kerfuffle there was a few months back when the government wanted to introduce quotas in faith schools. Their bid failed but, if I had my way, I would abolish faith schools altogether. Like probably the rest of you, we do not have children of school age but, fortunately, we have school-going grandchildren, and thus my interest in the subject. [more...]

Brilliant but Terrifying (Book Review)

by Alfred Gottwaldt and Diana Schulle
Marix Verlag, 2005, 508 pp., €15 [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Czech art deadline abolished

Politicians in the Czech Republic voted overwhelmingly last November to cancel the end-of-year deadline for applications in respect of Jewish-owned artworks appropriated during the Nazi occupation of the country. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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