Extracts from the Jun 2004 Journal

The demons inside dictators' minds (editorial)

Whereas May comes on strong on the very first day, June reaches its high point two-thirds of the way through the month. On 21 June, the date of the summer solstice, the sun reaches the northernmost point of its ecliptic - the longest day of the year. [more...]

The longest hatred

Mel Gibson's The Passion, which revives the charge of Jewish deicide, also features some antisemitic grace notes. In the scene where the bag with the 30 pieces of silver is flung at Judas Iscariot, he fails to catch it and has to grub around on the dirty floor to collect the spilled coins. [more...]

Truth and fiction: Holocaust on stage and screen

The playwright, screenwriter and novelist Ronald Harwood discussed the dilemmas of an author when dealing with the representation of events in the Holocaust at a meeting hosted by Jewish Policy Research and the Spiro Ark. Harwood has gained an international reputation for scripting plays and films, including The Dresser, Taking Sides and Mahler's Conversion as well as Cry the Beloved Country and The Pianist, for which he received an Academy Award. His most recent novel, Home, was awarded the Jewish Quarterly Prize for fiction. [more...]

Remembering the past, shaping the future

Edited version of address given on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, at the Logan Hall commemoration ceremony [more...]

Neglected masterpiece by a refugee writer (book review)

Käsebier Erobert den Kurfürstendamm
Gabriele Tergit
Das Neue Berlin, 2004, 271pp. [more...]

Letter from Israel

How far do you want to go back? [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Austrian pension update

To avoid Austrian bank charges, recipients of a pension from Austria are advised to submit an application for the direct transfer of the pension to the United Kingdom. The specially designed forms must be completed with the applicant's UK account details, including the bank's BI code and IBA number - both of which are available over the counter in your local bank. Receiving a pension through this improved banking system will require a pensioner to complete a life certificate only once a year. [more...]