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Extracts from the Oct 2011 Journal

The Habsburg twilight

Archduke Otto von Habsburg, son of the last emperor of Austria-Hungary, died on 4 July 2011, at the age of 98. His passing broke the last living link with the Habsburg monarchy, which had ruled Austria from 1278, when Rudolf I defeated Ottokar II of Bohemia at the Battle on the Marchfeld and assumed control of the Duchies of Austria, Styria and Carinthia, until 1918. The Habsburgs were one of the great dynasties of Europe, an imperial house more ancient and historic, one might argue, than the upstart Hohenzollerns, who had been mere kings of Prussia and had only attained the dignity of German emperors in 1871. [more...]

The Ghetto Fund: A new directive

At the end of July, the German government introduced a new directive which significantly improves the entitlements of Holocaust survivors who worked in Nazi-controlled ghettos during the Second World War. [more...]

Behind the scenes – Jewish immigrant film-makers in Britain from the 1930s to the 1960s

When I was asked by the Jewish Museum to give a talk on Jewish film-makers in Britain as part of the current exhibition on ‘Entertaining the Nation’, I had no idea how many remarkable figures would turn up – including a large number of immigrants and refugees from Germany. Fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s were both experienced film-makers and a few talented youngsters who would join the film industry as adults years later. [more...]

Art notes (review)

The Austrian Cultural Forum’s summer exhibition, Double Exposure: Jewish Refugees from Austria in Britain, included artists and musicians of every genre in its focus on 25 refugees who came to Britain to escape Nazi-occupied Europe. All took part in the AJR ‘Continental Britons’ and ‘Refugee Voices’ audio-visual history projects, whose testimony included views on tolerance, history, humanity and identity. [more...]

Letter from Israel

Eilat festival

Letters to the Editor

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