Extracts from the Jun 2009 Journal

Fred Uhlman: Lawyer, artist, writer

Fred Uhlman was a noted personality among the Jewish refugees from Hitler in Britain, and the publication of a book containing two accounts of his internment on the Isle of Man in 1940 (see review in last month’s issue of the Journal) is consequentially very welcome. There is, of course, no such thing as a an ‘ordinary’ refugee from Hitler, but Uhlman’s story stands out as unusual because of the success he achieved in his very different careers and because of his marriage to the daughter of a right-wing pillar of the British establishment. [more...]


I had two aunts who came to this country in 1938 to work as domestics. Both were appalled by the treatment meted out to household staff and each, in her own way, decided to rewrite the rule books and make their employers feel pretentious and decadent in the most charming manner. Upper middle-class wives were easy to manipulate: they felt insular compared to my aunts, who were used to moving in Viennese high society and frequently travelled abroad. [more...]


‘What did you do when they put you in that cell?’, Hannah asked. ‘I did my nails. They let me keep my manicure wallet’, Eva replied. ‘How could you stay so cool?’ ‘What else could I do? I didn’t know where he’d gone, did I?’ [more...]

Letter from Israel

If one is lucky enough to live in a town which is blessed with a unique botanical garden, one really ought to visit it at least four times a year - once each season - and more than that, if possible. I must confess to having been very remiss in that respect, although recently I was able to remedy the situation to some extent. My visit with a group of friends to the University Botanical Garden in Jerusalem was both an aesthetic and an intellectual experience, and our eyes were opened by the erudite explanations we were privileged to receive from one of the garden’s founders, Dr Michael Avishai. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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