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Mar 2004 Journal

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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.

It was moving to see a restaurant in the refugee heartland around the Finchley Road full once again of former refugees, their friends and their children. Guests included actor Andrew Sachs and Sir Ken Adam, who designed such films as Dr Strangelove and Goldfinger. The AJR adds its congratulations to Carl Flesch on his 70 years in Britain - for his insights into being a refugee-turned-Brit, see his book Where Do You Come From?
Tony Grenville

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