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Mar 2008 Journal

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AJR Report

New chairman for Kindertransport
Following five years’ sterling work, Hermann Hirschberger has stood down as Chairman of the Kindertransport Planning Committee. Although Hermann will continue to play a key role in organising the KT Reunion later this year and overseeing the Kinder Survey project, Erich Reich has taken over as chairman. Erich will be supported in his new role by Rev Bernd Koschland.

All of us at the AJR wish to express our gratitude to Hermann for expertly leading and inspiring the Kinder in the wake of David Jedwab’s untimely death.

AJR membership success
Despite a membership with an average age of 82, the AJR was delighted to enrol 197 new members in 2007. Although this success did not quite match the previous year’s achievement of 221 new members, we were delighted to welcome many members of the Second Generation and the Child Survivors’ Association of Great Britain, as well as survivors from ghettos and concentration camps. The AJR’s total membership now stands at 3,202.

In contrast with the rest of the AJR membership, just over half of the new members live in the London area – as against 70 per cent who live in London and the South-East. Reflecting our national position, we have new members in Hull, Gateshead, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester, Kent, Cambridge, Surrey, Stirling and the Isle of White.

Guest speaker Baroness Neuberger
Following the successful visit to London of AJR members from the North of England and Scotland last November, Baroness Neuberger will be the guest speaker at a dinner on 5 March - part of a three-day visit to London for members living in the South of England and Wales.

We are also delighted to report that last year witnessed a significant increase – 11 per cent - in the number of attendances at regional group meetings. These increases are due in part to events such as the above-mentioned visit to London, but also to the formation of new groups in Radlett, Temple Fortune and South London - and, of course, the excellent choice of entertainment, guest speakers and outings.

Enquiries seeking advice and clarification on Holocaust restitution and compensation matters should continue to be sent to Michael Newman at Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4RL, by fax to 020 8385 3075, or by email to mnewman@ajr.org.uk 

Michael Newman

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