Extracts from the Jul 2006 Journal

Vienna, City of Dreams

If Omar Sharif's camel ride into stardom in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962) is the cinema's longest arrival sequence, Alida Valli's slow walk past Joseph Cotten out of Vienna's Zentralfriedhof at the end of Carol Reed's 1949 masterpiece The Third Man is its longest and most memorable departure. Unlike the bombastic entry of Lean's Arab warrior prince, the exit of Anna Schmidt, Reed's gangster's moll, carries real moral weight, as she rejects the decent mediocrity offered by Holly Martins (Cotten) and returns to a profoundly corrupted city. [more...]

More Miracles from Poland

Last year, the AJR Journal published my article 'How I came to believe in miracles', following a visit to the town in which I was born. It was called Koslin before the war and became totally Polish in 1945, when Pomerania and other parts of eastern Germany were handed to the Poles by way of compensating them for the eastern territories of which the Soviet Union had deprived them. My wife Carol and I had been invited by the mayor of Koszalin, as it is now called, as guests of honour of the city and in my article I described some extraordinary events they laid on. The most significant of these was the solemn rededication of the old Jewish cemetery, which was destroyed in 1938. [more...]

A journey into the past: AJR members visit Berlin

This Spring, 21 keen AJR members paid a four-day visit to Berlin. On arrival at Berlin airport, we were met by our most helpful guide, Sue Arns-Blumenthal. At a subsequent meeting, Sue spoke to us about the historical background of Berlin Jewry, life in Berlin as a Jew at the present time, and relations between Jews and non-Jewish citizens. [more...]

Part Experience, Part History (review)

THE CHILDHOOD AND TEENS OF A JEWISH GIRL IN INTER-WAR AUSTRIA AND SUBSEQUENT ADVENTURES
by Edith Argy
Charleston SC: BookSurge, 2005, pp.197 [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

German life certificate notarisation

As announced in last month's Journal, the AJR is now recognised as an 'official British office' and will be able to notarise for AJR members life certificates issued by the German pension authority, the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund (DRB). [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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