Extracts from the Nov 2011 Journal

Opponents of Hitler

On 21 August 2011, BBC Two broadcast The Man Who Crossed Hitler, a TV film based on the story of Hans Litten, a left-wing lawyer of half-Jewish parentage who in 1931 had Hitler appear under subpoena in a Berlin court. At the trial of two SA men accused in connection with the violent Nazi attack on a Communist gathering at the Edenpalast Dance Hall, a particularly brutal incident in which three people were killed, Litten subjected Hitler to a hostile and humiliating cross-examination that left the Nazi leader struggling to maintain his political credibility and, in effect, reduced him to perjury. Hitler never forgot the experience and Litten paid for his courage after January 1933, when he was arrested and held for five years in several camps and prisons until, after constant brutal mistreatment, he committed suicide in Dachau. He was 34 years old. [more...]

A scholar’s autobiography

Professor Edward Timms is well known as the founding Director of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex and as the author of the much-lauded two-volume study Karl Kraus – Apocalyptic Satirist. Now he has published an autobiography, whose title, Taking up the Torch, refers both to Kraus’s journal Die Fackel (The Torch) and to Timms’s resolve to take up the torch of learning in his career and to pass it on to scholars of the next generation. The book’s subtitle, English Institutions, German Dialectics and Multicultural Commitments, aptly describes its author’s wide-ranging concerns. It was published in 2011 by Sussex Academic Press in Brighton. [more...]


Please join us for a service to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht [more...]

70th Anniversary Reception for the AJR

Tuesday 20 December at 3 pm [more...]

The short life of Kurt Herbert Ikenberg

Kurt Herbert never stood a chance. He was born in Westerbork refugee camp at a time when the Netherlands had been occupied by the Germans for just over a year. When Kurt turned one year old in July 1942, the Germans started deportations to the extermination camps. A few months after he had turned three, he was shipped to Theresienstadt with his parents. One month later, in October 1944, his life came to an end in an Auschwitz gas chamber. [more...]


Klara (Claere, Cläre) Ikenberg-Löwenhardt Sterkrade 12.07.1906 – Auschwitz, October 1944
Ludwig Ikenberg Altenbeken 11.09.1907 – Auschwitz, October 1944
Kurt Herbert Ikenberg Hooghalen 06.07.1941 – Auschwitz, October 1944
Friedericka (Friedel) Löwenhardt Sterkrade 26.07.1909 - London? [more...]

Art notes (review)

He may seem inspired by young dancers en pointe, but the work of Edgar Degas is closely attuned to photography and movement. The very title of the Royal Academy’s latest exhibition, Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement
(until 11 December), gives the game away. The scientific influences of the new explorative photographers Etienne-Jules Marey and Eadweard Muybridge are evident in the movement of his dancers at the barre and in repose, in sketches and pastels (which Degas possibly never intended as more than working drawings), and in the disappointingly few oil paintings on show. Everything is illuminated by contemporary photography and early film. [more...]

On the ruins of Jerusalem (review)

The Cajewitz Foundation runs a number of residences in Berlin for ‘Senioren’, the politically correct German term for old age pensioners. In addition, they have now published Zeitströme, a volume of penetrating interviews with their residents, mainly former East Germans, about their life in the ‘realen Sozialismus’ of the German Democratic Republic. [more...]

Letter from Israel

So once again British hooligans managed to disrupt a concert given by Israeli musicians in London - this time one given by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Proms in September. This follows a similar interruption of a performance by the Jerusalem Quartet at the Wigmore Hall earlier in the year. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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