Continental Friends

There follow reports from recent get-togethers.

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Northern Groups

Bradford Continental Friends

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Convivial Banter
Despite the freezing weather our members gathered for an enjoyable afternoon. Topics discussed ranged from the ‘suggested’ one of ‘best and worse inventions’ to convivial banter, which produced much laughter as many a humorous anecdote was told.

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Until the Next Time
Ernie and Vivienne Hunter’s lovely home was the venue for our meeting. We chatted over lunch about places we had visited that had left us with a lasting impression. Time flew by too quickly until it was soon time to say ‘au revoir’ until the next meeting.

Didsbury Continental Friends

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Family Histories
Members enjoyed a light sandwich lunch whilst discussing their family histories. It was a pleasure to welcome newcomer Ellyn to our group and I very much hope she will continue to attend our meetings.

Dundee

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A Delightful Afternoon
A delightful afternoon at the home of Zofia Allen. We were delighted to welcome Karola and Peter Regent and Charlotte Gamzu to our gathering. There was no shortage of topics of conversation - rather of finding sufficient time to explore the numerous points of interest over a delicious tea. Armed with all these topics, we look forward to future gatherings here.

Edinburgh

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The ‘Animal Years’
Karl Stern gave us an entertaining whirlwind of a talk on the ‘animal years’ of his adventurous life. His childhood passion for animals, especially snakes, had taken him far and wide collecting, lecturing and getting caught up in escapades. His talents had served him equally well working in childcare and now in his retirement as a gifted contemporary artist specialising in collagraphs.

Glasgow

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SPF Connect
Six Point Foundation’s Susan Cohen spoke to us about all the great work they have done and the many good causes they have helped. Their latest project, SPF Connect, a simplified computer, was demonstrated at the meeting by Natpoint. These easy-to-use computers are personalised to the individual’s needs and interests and are on offer to first-generation Holocaust survivors.

Glasgow Book Club

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Everyone’s Favourite Book
We met at Eva’s house, the topic being everyone’s favourite book. We had a lively discussion on a variety of novels from historical to comical, rounded off by a delicious afternoon tea. We were delighted to welcome new member Carol. Our next book: the first novel by TV presenter Kirsty Wark.

Glasgow CF

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A Super Pesach Lunch
A large group of Glasgow members was joined by two Edinburgh members at Mark’s Deli in Giffnock. We enjoyed a super Pesach lunch and chatted to friends old and new. We were happy to welcome Yvette to the Group. Looking forward to a Pesach outing to the Deli next year!

Glasgow FIlm Club

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Woman in Gold
A good number of members turned up to Anthea’s house, which had been converted into a mini-cinema for a showing of the excellent Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren. Much discussion ensued about where people came from and and looted family treasures.

Harrogate/York CF

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Laughter and Fellowship
Arek began by relating his most recent visit to Auschwitz with 230+ members of the synagogue in Leeds. We then discussed how we felt about being in or out of Europe with most of us definitely feeling ‘European’ as well as English. Inge got us onto how we might achieve peace in our lifetime, and we then planned outings for spring and summer. Despite the grim Brussels outrages and talk of Auschwitz, there was much laughter and fellowship among us.

Hull

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A Good Mix
Meeting around the lunch table at Olive’s, we chatted about celebrities who had recently passed away, e.g. Terry Wogan, Paul Daniels and Ronnie Corbett. We also discussed other news items and talked about our favourite holiday locations. A good mix, all agreed!

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Gerald’s Choice
At Donisthorpe Hall Leeds member Gerald Jackson gave a presentation of some of his favourite music, including Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven … and a most surprising but entertaining finale with Flanagan and Allen! The afternoon continued with a sumptuous tea courtesy of Donisthorpe Hall.

Liverpool

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Super Afternoon
Liverpool members were entertained by the musical presentation ‘The World of Tchaikovsky’, given by Manchester’s Roger Bower and Braine Green. Homemade cakes for tea rounded off a super afternoon.

Manchester (Continental Friends)

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Entertaining and Uplifting Afternoon
We were treated by Alex Klein to the rare opportunity of seeing some of the virtuoso cantors on film. Alex’s talk demonstrated his amazing wealth of knowledge and we had a most entertaining and uplifting afternoon.

Newcastle

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Behind the Headlines
Sunday Post former deputy editor Colin Grant gave us an often amusing talk on his life in journalism. He illustrated this with many intriguing stories such as his brush with British intelligence as a result of acquiring unique photos of the terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport. Later David Biermann entertained us with a medley of tunes from around the world on his violin.

Sheffield

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Riveting Story
Ian Vellins spoke to us on the dramatic true-life story of Peter Stevens. Born into a German-Jewish family, Peter was something of a black sheep. After changing his identity and becoming a RAF pilot, he was shot down and captured. He escaped five times! An absolutely riveting story.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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How Holocaust Survivors View Their Places of Birth
We were joined by mature student Sam Elkin, who as part of his Master’s degree was interested in finding out how Holocaust survivors viewed their places of birth. A discussion ensued over a delicious lunch and Sam was left with much to consider. Thanks go to Ruth and Werner Lachs for their hospitality.