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Extracts from the Nov 2003 Journal

The Bible, literally - or liberally - interpreted

The issue of clerical homosexuality is currently splitting the Anglican Church, with both camps adducing arguments which are too well-known to bear repetition. Judaism's inbuilt emphasis on family cohesion has so far insulated the Anglo-Jewish community from the full force of the controversy, although Rabbi Blue has been a high-profile taboo-breaker in the public sphere. [more...]

Kindertransport statue commemorates pre-war arrival at Liverpool Street Station

Children of the Kindertransport who, as predominantly Jewish refugee children, travelled by train to London's Liverpool Street Station in 1938 and 1939, gathered once again at this main railway terminus to unveil a statue dedicated to perpetuating the memory of their first arrival. [more...]

Speak, memory!

Only a generation ago a novel entitled Brick Lane - Monica Ali's entry for this year's Booker Prize - would have been about the Jewish East End. However, in the twenty-first century, with E1 'rebranded' as Bangla Town to reflect the current inhabitants, the memory of what was once Anglo-Jewry's heartland is rapidly fading. That phenomenon only lives on in folklore, or in schmaltzy artefacts like the Wolf Mankowitz-scripted film A Kid for Two Farthings. [more...]

Return to Prague

My family had to flee from Berlin at the very beginning of the Hitler regime, not only because we were Jews, but also because my father was the political editor of Vorwärts, the Social Democrat Party newspaper. The newspaper was banned immediately in March 1933, which caused most of its editors to leave Germany, a number of them for Prague. There they remained in the hope that the Nazi regime would not endure too long. [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Another insurance extension

To allow further time for potential applicants to file claims for unpaid insurances bought before the Second World War, the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) has announced a final extension to the deadline for submitting claims: 31 December 2003. This additional time has been granted for heirs of Holocaust victims who held an insurance policy to search the ICHEIC list of more than 400,000 names on their website www.icjeic.org. [more...]