Extracts from the May 2003 Journal

The longest hatred – and the longest march (editorial)

Since 1945 a plethora of studies have appeared which traced the history of antisemitism from the Holocaust all the way to its original roots in the Christian charge of deicide (i.e. the killing of Jesus). Since this dismal history extends over close on two millennia one noted historian, Robert Wistrich, called his study The Longest Hatred. [more...]

From Gallia to Gaullism

For all that France has always claimed to be the epicentre of Catholic Europe – starting point of the Crusades, and residence of half a dozen counter-Popes – she has habitually played a maverick role. In the mid-sixteenth century, when Christendom quaked before the advancing Turks, she egged them on for her own power-political advantage. For the same reason, her chief minister, the Catholic Cardinal Richelieu, deployed French troops in the Protestant interest during the Thirty Years’ War. [more...]

Still revealing Nazi victims’ fates: Germany’s International Tracing Service

The International Tracing Service (ITS) at Arolsen in Germany has existed since 1948. Its primary aim is to gather information concerning people affected by the Second World War, whether incarcerated, lost, persecuted or displaced. Nonetheless, documents relating to both before and after the war have been recovered, enabling persecutees and their families to piece together scattered histories. [more...]

Flowers from evil?

Israel and Palestine: Why they fight and can they stop?
Bernard Wasserstein
Profile Books, 2003 [more...]


60th Anniversary

The highlight event of AJR’s 60th Anniversary celebrations was the ‘Continental Britons’ exhibition at the Jewish Museum, opened by Lord Moser. It was accompanied by a film of refugee testimonies, a history of the experiences of the German-speaking Jewish refugee community in Britain specially written by Dr Anthony Grenville, and complemented with a programme of talks, visits and concerts which together attracted a record 10,000 visitors. [more...]

Dr Hannah Hedwig Striesow: Distinguished citizen (profile)

Hannah Striesow, a sprightly 94-year-old, was born in Bamberg and studied medicine in Halle. Due to the Nazi restrictions, she was not allowed to graduate as MD after taking the Statsexamen. Not being permitted to practice either, she was obliged to become an assistant to a dental surgeon in Hamburg until, in 1936, she came to England. Initially, this was to visit a sister but she decided to stay, though not before going back to Germany to buy clothes, reckoning that she would not have money to buy any more, for some time at least. [more...]

Learning from the past: Britain’s controls on 1930s Jewish immigration

Lord Moser, former refugee, academic and senior civil servant, was guest speaker at the launch of a paperback edition of Louise London’s extensive historical investigation into government attitudes, policies and controls on the immigration into Britain of Jewish refugees from Nazi persecution in 1933-48. He recalled the warm welcome given to his own family on their arrival in 1936. Nothing could lessen the widely felt gratitude for allowing the entry of 70-90,000 Jewish refugees. [more...]