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Sep 2001 Journal

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Refugee mementos needed for new exhibition

Photographs, artefacts and documents relating to refugee experiences and refugee organisations are sought for an exhibition currently being created to record and illustrate the experiences of German-speaking Jewish refugees in Britain. Sponsored by the AJR, in association with the Jewish Museum and the Wiener Library, the exhibition is due to open at the Jewish Museum, Camden, in the spring of next year, a major event in celebration of the AJR’s 60th Anniversary.

Among subjects of special interest are refugee hostels, refugee businesses, enemy alien tribunals, internment (on the Isle of Man and elsewhere), refugees’ work experiences, shipment to Canada and Australia, and experiences in the Pioneer Corps and in other regiments of the British Army. Organisations of interest include Belsize Square Synagogue, the Free German League of Culture, the Austrian Centre, the Laterndl and Blue Danube Club.

Any material on the Finchley Road area, as well as refugee life in general, is also of great interest to the curators. This includes information about the Cosmo Café (photos of the interior and exterior being especially sought), the Dorice, and other meeting places.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you believe that you could either donate or lend items of relevance to the German-Jewish refugee experience in Great Britain. Please contact  Dr Bea Lewkowicz or Carol Seigel at the Jewish Museum, 80 East End Road, Finchley, London N3 2SY. Tel: 020 8349 1141. Fax: 020 8343 2162.

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