in the garden


Extracts from the Jun 2006 Journal

When Irish Eye's Weren't Smiling

The ninetieth anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, in the crucible of whose bloodstained suppression modern Irish nationalism was largely forged, raises the somewhat neglected subject of Irish attitudes to the Jews - neglected because Jews in Ireland were so few. In the most famous Irish text of the twentieth century, James Joyce's Ulysses, Mr Deasy asks Stephen Dedalus if he knows why Ireland has 'the honour of being the only country which never persecuted the Jews', then answers his own question: 'Because she never let them in.' [more...]

Notarisation of German Life Certificates

With effect from this July, the AJR will be 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, for social security and Altersrente pensions. [more...]

Point of View

Who is our enemy now?

'My love-hate relationship with Vienna', my piece in the March issue, told how I felt about that city. Yes, I was only three when we were forced to leave. Yes, my father, a doctor, had had his teeth kicked in while doing a visit. Yes, but for a loyal patient, he would have been sent to Dachau. But I don't hate Vienna. And that's where the trouble began. I had four letters condemning me for my love-hate relationship with Vienna. 'It should only be hate', one writer said. [more...]

Hardship Fund

The AJR has received the following announcement from the Claims Conference. We understand that Holocaust survivors and refugees from Austria are included in this definition of 'Western persecutees': [more...]

How did you escape from Nazi Europe?

The Society of Friends rescued thousands of Jews from Nazi Europe. The Society does not seek publicity, but this is no reason why people like myself - whose family and life it saved - should be content with the minimum recognition it has received from us Jews. [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Extension of Belgian scheme


My brief career as a tweeny

Soon after the Anschluss it became clear that my only hope of escape from Vienna was to England as a domestic servant. I was not without accomplishments. I could reel off Latin and Greek proverbs; I could recite a number of poems by Schiller and Goethe in their entirety; I had read countless novels by authors of various nationalities; I had a bit of typing, a bit of shorthand and a smattering of English; I even could add up pounds, shillings and pence. But, although by no means to the manor born, I am ashamed to confess that, at the age of 18, I had never so much as held a broom. I attended a crash course conducted by an enterprising Jewish woman who attempted to teach me and other would-be maidservants some basic domestic skills. Alas, all that stuck in my mind was that you had to serve food from the left. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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