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Jun 2001 Journal

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Reaching out to refugees from Nazi persecution

The AJR is reaching out to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution who may still not have benefited from support services or funds to which they might be entitled.

In its 60th anniversary Year, the AJR is inviting its members, as well as members of the wider Jewish community, to help identify and make contact with all unaffiliated Jewish refugees from Nazi persecution and survivors of the Holocaust living in Britain, some of whom may be in urgent need of guidance or help.

Synagogues, community centres and communal organisations in all parts of the country have been sent copies of a specially-produced brochure entitled ‘Friends for Life’, ready-packaged in an attractive clear plastic dispenser. Synagogue secretaries and organisation directors have been asked to place the brochures on prominent display in places where their members and visitors usually congregate.

The ‘Friends for Life’ brochure details AJR’s services – advice and guidance, social welfare, meals-on-wheels, sheltered accommodation, regional groups, publications - and invites enquiries and applications for membership. Even at this comparatively late stage it is believed that many former refugees and Holocaust survivors would welcome an opportunity to reconnect with their Jewish roots. Together with other former victims of Nazism within the community, they may still be unaware of the range of services available to them as AJR members, or of the guidance on pensions, reparations, compensation or other payments to which they may be entitled.
Ronald Channing

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