Extracts from the Jul 2001 Journal

A worthy heir to Beaverbrook?

In 1899, on the eve of the Spanish-American War, the US newspaper magnate, Randolph Hearst, informed one of his employees that he was sending him to Cuba as a war correspondent. “War correspondent?” asked the reporter incredulously. “But there is no war in Cuba!” “You produce your reports”, replied Hearst “and I’ll produce the war.” [more...]

When victims become culprits

It may be true, pace Shakespeare, that one man in his time plays many parts – but it is given to few to act out the diametrically opposite roles of victim and perpetrator. [more...]

Prophets without honour in their own country

The curators of the Nine Cities exhibition at the Tate Modern identified the 1900s as the age of modernism in Vienna. How great a contribution to modernity some Viennese Jews made is only being fully realised almost a century after the event. [more...]


Lost cause

Along Tel Aviv’s sea front on a summer’s Shabbat eve the pavements, restaurants, bars and clubs are thronged with Israel’s young men and women, many in military uniform, outflanking the pressures of an undeclared war. Enmity and hatred inculcated by successive generations of Arab leaders, conjoined with the deliberate maintenance of poverty in the West Bank and Gaza by immensely wealthy brethren, led a suicide bombing to take the lives of 20 of these young Israelis - most 16-year-old Russian immigrant girls - and seriously injure 120 others. [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been designated one of the partner organizations of the “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” Foundation set up jointly by the German Government and German industry. In this function, IOM is globally responsible for all property claims under the German Foundation Act. [more...]

Art Notes

I am fascinated by Cleopatra. From her seduction of Julius Caesar, to whom she unfurled herself in a rug, and Mark Anthony, whom she feted on her galleon, to her most sensuous death by snake bite, Cleo is the seminal femme fatale. The British Museum pays tribute in an exhibition Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth (to August 26). A huge frieze filters the legendary beauty through Hollywood icons Vivien Leigh, Theda Bara, Claudette Colbert, but the exhibition also debunks a few myths. [more...]

Murder in their midst

NEIGHBOURS, Jan Tomasz Gross, Princeton University Press, 2001. [more...]

Death of a culture

THE WANDERING JEWS, Joseph Roth, Granta, 2001. [more...]

Seeker after the ultimate

The fact that our meeting was to take place in the neo-classical splendour of the Athenaeum indicated that my interviewee was a denizen of clubland – that archetypal English institution, located near St James Park, which is this country’s contribution to douceur de vivre. Having passed through the hallowed portals, Peter Landsberg showed me the Club’s imposing staircase and Long Gallery overlooking Pall Mall with proprietorial pride. He has been a member of the Athenaeum for thirty years, and sits on various committees. He has also been a Professor of Physics for four decades, and when he reveals that his slightly older brother is Emeritus Professor of Mathematical Chemistry in – of all places, East Berlin – I begin to suspect genetic endowment. And, sure enough, the Landsbergs have been high achievers for at least three generations. The paternal grandfather was a civil engineer and bridge builder, the father of an architect who designed villas in the Grunewald, and the mother one of the first females to attend Heidelberg University, and to qualify as a doctor. [more...]

Obituary: Alice Schwab

Alice Schwab, former AJR Information arts correspondent, has died aged 86. She was born Lisl Rosenthal in 1915 in Heilbronn where her parents were wine merchants. Although her first love was art, Alice took practical training as a bookseller. [more...]