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Extracts from the Oct 2005 Journal

Assisted Living Scheme: AJR in talks on new home initiative

As part of its long-term commitment to providing services to its members, the AJR is part-sponsoring a joint initiative to build a new housing facility specifically for members of the AJR and other organisations which represent Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. [more...]

Gedanken der Nacht

Die Gedanken sind frei
Sie kennen keine Schranken
Sie huschen vorbei
Ohne zögern und wanken. [more...]

Making a New Life: Holocaust survivors in Yorkshire

We are now in our second year of this research, generously supported by the AJR. The team of Amanda Bergen, Bernice Shooman and Brett Harrison have undertaken a series of in-depth interviews with survivors and refugees of the Holocaust who found themselves in the Yorkshire region, or who passed through Yorkshire when they sought asylum in Britain. This project differs from the many video and audio recordings of survivors' experiences of the horrors of the Holocaust. Our focus is on what Eva Hoffman has pointed out is a strangely ignored aspect of the overall impact of the Holocaust: migration. We are interested in documenting the life experiences of those who were forced by racist political persecution to flee for their lives to Britain, where new lives had to be started from scratch, in a strange language, among foreigners, with customs and conditions very different from those across the Europe from the refugees came. In a series of short articles we want to share some of the initial results of our research in this particular region. We are hoping to find more materials, more documents, more stories. We are also interested in finding out if the themes that are emerging from this in-depth work with a specific group of survivors in one region of the country that is neither London nor Manchester, major centres of Jewish life and communities, echo with other refugees in the AJR. [more...]

Mein erster Schultag

The Making a New Life Project in Leeds has been collecting photographs along with documentation from Holocaust survivors in Yorkshire. One of the common images that we are finding, from both men and women, are the treasured images of their first day at school. For me as a native Briton there is something both touching and significant about these images. They appear to associate full-time education with a celebration; to mark a transition from infancy to childhood and the learning process. Learning would always henceforth be associated with a special event and attending school with a pleasurable experience. What a contrast with school attendance in Great Britain where the first day at school merges into the cultural wallpaper of everyday life. [more...]

Art notes

It has been the summer of competitions. Dean Marsh won the 2005 BP Portrait Award for his oil painting of his girlfriend, Giuletta Coates, Turner's The Fighting Temeraire was the public's choice in a national competition launched by the BBC's Today programme, and, not to be outdone, the Ben Uri Gallery produced its own exhibition of the five finalists in its International Jewish Artist of the Year Award. On display was new work shown by the five who won the contest last year. [more...]

Tip of a bigger iceberg (review)

Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies,
Vol. 6 (2004)
Shulamith Behr and Marian Malet (eds.)
Amsterdam/New York NY, 2005, 377pp. [more...]

Letter from Israel

Steady rise to obscurity [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Insurance Commission breakthrough

Two groups of claimants who submitted applications to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) are to share a total of $16 million (approx £9m) in compensation for unpaid insurance policies bought before the Second World War. Altogether, 11,000 claimants will receive an award. [more...]