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Extracts from the Jan 2011 Journal

The sixty-fifth anniversary of our journal

What would the founding editors of AJR Information, the predecessor of this journal, have said if they had been told in January 1946 that it would still be going strong in 2011, 65 years after it first saw the light of day? The first issue stated that the journal’s primary aim was ‘to keep its readers informed about the position of Jewries on the Continent and about the work for their relief and rehabilitation’, while also dealing extensively with ‘the problems of refugees in this country and the legal, economic and social questions and all the factors which add up to their status’, and reporting on the activities of the AJR. The editors were Werner Rosenstock, who continued in that capacity until 1982, Herbert Freeden (Friedenthal), who left for Israel in 1950, and Ernst Lowenthal, who left for Germany in 1946 to take up a senior appointment in the field of Jewish relief. [more...]

Art Notes (review)

Hunting scenes by Heywood Hardy, Arthur Wardle or John Frederick Herring may have graced many an Englishman’s castle. But David Chancellor’s portrait of a teenage hunter is a surprising winner of this year’s National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize – particularly with teenagers and social awareness high among entries. [more...]

Claims Conference scam uncovered

Last November, 17 people were arrested in New York in connection with an alleged fraud involving thousands of bogus applications for compensation made to the Claims Conference and paid by the German government, which had been defrauded of $42.5m. [more...]

Letter from Israel

I never know whether to laugh or cry when I read those perennial complaints that things are getting worse, the country (no matter which) is going to the dogs and ‘Fings ain’t wot they used to be.’ The trouble is that change happens, it is inevitable, we are all changing all the time and have been since time immemorial. Archaeologists have discovered clay tablets from ancient Babylon complaining about the behaviour of the younger generation. ‘Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells’ and other old codgers have been moaning about the decline of standards ever since I first saw the light of day in Hampstead’s New End Hospital in October 1942 (which makes me a bit of an old codger myself). [more...]

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

‘Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes’ (‘I fear Greeks even when bearing gifts’), warns the Trojan priest Laocoön in Virgil’s Aeneid, in a vain attempt to deter the citizens of Troy from accepting the wooden horse that the besieging Greek forces have seemingly left as a gift, but which is in reality intended to bring about the destruction of the city. The ancient Greeks bequeathed the concept of democracy to the world, but their modern counterparts have recently helped to give currency to a more questionable popular (not to say populist) device, the plebiscite or referendum. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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