Extracts from the Mar 2004 Journal

A shot in the arm for English

Much has been made of late of the infinite malleability of English, of how the language is constantly enriched by words or phrases drawn from other tongues, or slang, or technology. In this process impersonal forces are at work, but individual writers can also participate, at least marginally. [more...]

RG's travel advisory

'When April with his showers sweet/ The drought of March has pierced unto the root', wrote Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales, 'Then do folk long to go on pilgrimage.' Six centuries on, spring is still the season when our thoughts turn to potential holiday destinations. Jews, and in particular refugees, naturally bring a certain emotional baggage to a consideration of places to go to, or to avoid. To help undecided readers I have drawn up a plus-and-minus list (which does not claim to be comprehensive): [more...]

Archiving Jewish refugees' cultural contribution

A specialist team from the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex, led by Professor Edward Timms, is to undertake a timely three-year project cataloguing and recording the German-Jewish refugee contribution to British cultural life from 1933 to 1950. Funded by a £320,000 grant from the Arts, Humanities and Research Board, the entire 'archive of archives' will be made freely accessible on a website database which will provide details of the locations and contents of collections of letters, diaries, papers and photographs of German-speaking Jewish refugees and their families. [more...]

Holocaust Memorial Day: Home town honours Frank Foley, Britain's Schindler

Captain Frank Foley was stationed in Berlin as the head of MI6's covert intelligence operations in Germany's capital in the inter-war years until the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. His cover as Passport Control Officer provided him with official, though non-diplomatic, status and it was in this capacity that he saved many thousands of Jews by enabling them to escape from Germany before the outbreak of war. Some are known to be among the members of the AJR, though many others do not themselves appreciate that it was Foley who provided the all-essential visas with which they and their families obtained entry into Britain, Palestine and other countries in the British Empire. [more...]

Holocaust Memorial Day: From the Holocaust to Rwanda

Lessons learned, lessons still to learn [more...]

Jewish refugees in Manchester

progress of the first regional research project [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

East Germany property list

The deadline to apply for properties in the former East Germany - including East Berlin - expires on 31 March 2004. As well as the original owners, familial and testamentary heirs of the persecutee are entitled to file applications. [more...]

70 Years a Brit

Eighty people gathered in a West Hampstead restaurant to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the day in 1934 when Carl Flesch, insurance broker and writer, arrived in this country as a refugee from Nazi Germany. An AJR stalwart, Carl was elected onto the Association's board in 1964 and was also a member of the committee which organised the AJR's Thank-You Britain Fund that year. There were speeches by Carl's son Michael, himself a testimony to the professional success of the second generation, and by Ludwig Spiro, our much-loved President. [more...]

Corrections, please!

I am constantly amazed at the 'porkies' uttered by interviewees that go unchallenged by their interlocutors - both in newspapers and on the airwaves. Such untruths either serve a dramatic effect or obfuscate political reality. A good example of the former is the assertion by the director of Liverpool's Walker Gallery that wartime internees (a) risked being shot if they tried to escape, and (b) were prone to commit suicide (see also Interface, p.8). [more...]