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Extracts from the Sep 2011 Journal

A history of the Kindertransports

The appearance of a history of the Kindertransports is an event of considerable interest to the many AJR members who were themselves Kindertransportees and to the wider community of Jewish refugees in general. Surprisingly, no proper academic history of the Kindertransports in English exists. The last comprehensive book on the subject, Barry Turner’s … And the Policeman Smiled: 10,000 Children Escape from Nazi Europe, was published by Bloomsbury in 1990. As its sometimes breathlessly urgent style and its sentimental title indicate, it was written by a journalist, not a historian. Though it remains a serviceable study, it is now showing its age. Nor does the more recent study in German by Rebekka Göpfert fill the gap. [more...]

Cultural intermediaries

On Sunday, 24 July 2011, a recital was held at the Royal Academy of Music in London in memory of Hannah Horovitz (1936-2010), well known in musical circles as a remarkably energetic and innovative music promoter who introduced a large number of young and previously unknown foreign artists to British audiences. One of these was the famous Hungarian pianist András Schiff, who generously offered to give the recital as a tribute to Hannah Horovitz, as she had organised his first concerts in Britain in the 1970s. [more...]

AJR’s 70th Anniversary Celebrations: Reception at Austrian Ambassador’s Residence

A reception at the Austrian Ambassador’s Residence in London’s Belgrave Square in July provided a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the 70 years’ existence of the AJR and the remarkable contribution the refugees have made to Britain. [more...]

A tale of three cities

My brother tells me he was at the Westbahnhof on 6 September 1938 when I fled from Vienna. My parents must have been there. Anyone else? I don’t know. My mind has chosen to blot out the moments of leave-taking. [more...]

A Kindertransport memoir

Daisy Roessler-Rubin sadly passed away in March this year in Ra’anana, Israel, shortly after she had completed this article (Ed.). [more...]

Art Notes (review)

You don’t have to be Jewish to be a Hungarian photographer, but it certainly helps. The Royal Academy of Arts’ current exhibition, Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century (until 2 October), features, among others, Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy and Munkácsi, many of whom were forced out of Hitler’s Europe and went on to influence the course of modern urban photography. [more...]

Nuremberg library restitution

The Nuremberg Municipal Library is searching for the previous owners, respectively the legal successors, of books in their collection, the so-called ‘Sammlung IKG’ (previously the ‘Streicher-Library’). [more...]

Letter from Israel

Israelis are accustomed to grumbling about everything – the government, the cost of living and, above all, the weather. They are not - or at least have not been in the past - accustomed to doing anything much about any of them. This is in contrast to the French, for example, who are habitual habitués of demonstrations and turn out onto the streets in large numbers almost at the drop of a hat. The Arabs of the surrounding countries have caught on to the idea and are demonstrating in impressive numbers, in many cases displaying admirable courage in doing so. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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