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Continental Friends

There follow reports from recent get-togethers.

For information about meetings email Susan Harrod - susan@ajr.org.uk

Northern Groups

Bradford Continental Friends

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History of the Jews of Bradford
Members thoroughly enjoyed Nigel Grizzard’s talk on the history of the Jews of Bradford – and told Nigel some things he didn’t know!

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Didsbury Continental Friends

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Reports on KT Reunion
Margot and Janina told us about the KT Reunion and meeting Prince Charles and Gisela told us about her recent school reunion in Berlin.

Dundee

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Exploring Roots
A small group of enthusiastic members gathered at the second meeting of the group. We explored our roots as well as present-day problems in Europe. It was also an opportunity to hear about AJR social work services from Myrna and Jim.

Edinburgh

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Sharing Food
Meeting at the home of Francoise Robertson, we all agreed that sharing food makes an occasion. We sampled kaposztas teszta from Hungary and wafers from Vienna brought by a member whose family used to print the wrappers before the War.

Glasgow

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A Difficult Subject
The 14th Holocaust Memorial Lecture at Glasgow University, by Prof Paul Weindling, was on the theme ‘Human Experiments on the Holocaust: A Victim-Based Analysis’. Though the subject matter was a difficult one for our members, they felt compelled to attend.

Glasgow Book Club

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A Chance to Ask Difficult Questions
J. D. Simons’s latest novel, An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful, was much admired, especially as the author joined us for the afternoon. It was a great chance to ask all those questions that are normally left to ponder at the end of a book.

Glasgow CF

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A Great Treat
The outing to the Jack Vettriano exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery was a great treat. The Fife-born artist is a firm favourite and his work is enjoyed by all.

Harrogate/York CF

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The Youngest Attendee So Far
Edith Jayne’s talk on the Quaker movement and its association with the Kindertransport children was most interesting and members had the opportunity to ask many questions. We also had the pleasure of meeting a member’s 10-day-old granddaughter – the youngest attendee so far at an AJR meeting!

Hull

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‘A Life of Letters’
We enjoyed calligrapher Sara Mack’s talk ‘A Life of Letters’. Everyone went home with a personal handwritten ‘calligraphy’ of their name!

Leeds

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Leeds and Manchester Mutual Friends
Members of the Leeds and Manchester groups met for lunch at Brackmans Bakery, followed by a visit to the Manchester Jewish Museum to see an exhibition by Jewish artists including Chagall and Soutine. Some members from across the Pennines found ‘mutual friends’ from their birth places and had even attended the same cheder!

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Bradford’s Jewish Heritage
Members enjoyed Nigel Grizzard’s enthralling talk ‘Making Their Mark: Bradford’s Jewish Heritage, 1830-2014’, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. There was plenty of time for questions.

Liverpool

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Exhibition on Polish Help for Jews during War
Over 20 members, First and Second Generation alike, attended a meeting at the home of Naomi Brown. Kinga Pacak gave an interesting talk on an exhibition at the Warsaw-based Institute of National Remembrance on Polish help for the Jewish population in south-eastern Poland during the War.

Manchester (Continental Friends)

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‘Surviving the First Generation?’
We were joined by a good number of the Second Generation for a most interesting talk by child psychologist Leah Burman, ‘Surviving the First Generation? The Impact of the Holocaust on the Second Generation and Beyond’. Leah dedicated her talk to the memory of her late sister Carla Ornstein, who had been an active AJR member. Thanks are due again to Susanne Green for her help and guidance for our meeting.

Newcastle

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Trip to the Home of the Paper Clips Project
Brenda and Martin Levinson shared with a well attended meeting their trip to perhaps the most unusual Holocaust memorial in the world: Whitwell, Tennessee, home of the Paper Clips Project.

Northern Region Groups

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Northern Regional Get-together ‘A Full and Enjoyable Day’
Over 50 members from across the North of England met at the Sinai Synagogue in Leeds. Following a welcome from Michael Newman, people dispersed into discussion groups and re-assembled for a delicious salmon lunch, after which David Lawson gave a most interesting talk on the Jews of Ostrava. After further discussion groups the afternoon culminated in cake and coffee before everyone headed home after a full and enjoyable day.

Sheffield

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Sheffield CF A Moving and Worthwhile Experience
I attended my first AJR meeting, that of the Sheffield group to which my grandmother, Renee Martin, belongs. The meeting was centred around music, with members playing their favourite songs and explaining why they were special to them. I found the experience both moving and thoroughly worthwhile and would encourage other Second and Third Generation refugees to take this opportunity to learn from the First Generation while we still can.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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Unique Project
We welcomed TV/theatre presenters Ros and Jane Merkin, who spoke to us about their unique project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport. They have created the mobile (no props) play Suitcase, which they will perform at railway stations up and down the country.