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Extracts from the Nov 2009 Journal

The first AJR local groups (Part II)*

The smaller AJR groups that grew up in towns and cities in the post-war period reflected the distribution of the Jewish refugees from Hitler across the length and breadth of Britain. It was only at this stage, after the war, that most refugees were able to settle more securely and to put down roots in locations of their own choosing. [more...]

The Kindertransport Seventy Years On


A lively and well-attended workshop outlining new developments in research took place on 17 September 2009 at the Institute for Germanic & Romance Studies, London, organised by Dr Andrea Hammel (Centre for German-Jewish Studies) and Dr Bea Lewkowicz (Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies). Over 45 participants listened to the seven presentations and engaged in lively debate. [more...]

Not Safe in Taxis

NST was the acronym commonly used among the mothers of debutantes to label young men who couldn’t be trusted to deliver their precious daughters home after the ball without danger to the goods in transit. While the business of presenting debutantes, the display of family jewels, the clothes, the round of balls, was highly competitive, there was at the same time the grapevine of the closed shop to ensure that their little darlings arrived intact on the marriage market. [more...]

Art notes (review)

The Royal Academy of Arts (RAC), once the bastion of artistic orthodoxy, has launched its first solo exhibition of a living artist. Whatever your views on installation art, Anish Kapoor’s vision is massive. Sculptures both convex and concave, blinding colours, cannon fire - the concept is everything. [more...]

George Weidenfeld at 90

Publisher, politician, peacemaker, promoter of the arts and the humanities in general, having celebrated entry into his tenth decade in September, his lordship is still at it – indefatigably so say some, over-zealously say others. [more...]

Letter from Israel

An item in the newspaper I was reading at breakfast almost made me choke on my toast and marmalade. It mentioned a document that had been sent to the president of the Hebrew University in 1945 concerning the possibility of settling some of the Jewish refugees then unable to gain access to Mandate-controlled Palestine in Albania. The idea itself was not so alien to me (it is mentioned in Martin Gilbert’s book Churchill and the Jews), but what made me catch my breath was the author of the document. This was Leo Elton, described as ‘a Zionist British journalist’ and known to me as a cousin of my father. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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