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Continental Friends

There follow reports from recent get-togethers.

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

Southern Groups

AJR Book Club

for further information, contact esther@ajr.org.uk

One of the Best Books in a Long Time
A most enjoyable meeting in Temple Fortune with a record number of attendees. All felt that JoJo Moyes’s Me Before You was one of the best books we had read in a long time. 

Birmingham (West Midlands)

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Showing of Nicky’s Family
We had an excellent turn-out for a showing of Nicky’s Family. John Fieldsend, one of the children saved by Sir Nicholas Winton and who features in the film, answered questions from the audience afterwards – we are most grateful to him.

Brighton and Hove (Sarid)

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The Public Sector on the Brink’
Jenny Manson spoke about her life and career. Having graduated from Oxford, she joined the Civil Service and has written books on her career there.

Bristol and Bath

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Making Our Own Entertainment
With Kathryn as co-ordinator, we made our own entertainment, hearing the unique stories of our members. We greeted our highest number of Second-Generation attendees – and a new mother-and-daughter couple to boot!

Bromley Continental Friends

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Members Give Personal Accounts of Their Backgrounds
We enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Hazel and the warm hospitality of Liane’s home. Members, including four Second-Generation ones, were enlightened by the personal accounts by those present of their backgrounds and journeys to this country, where they made their new homes.

Cambridge

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Art and Politics in the Weimar Republic
Mary-Ann Middelkoop, from the University of Cambridge, gave us fascinating insight into German visual art in the inter-war period. She included examples of Max Liebermann’s Impressionism, anti-war photo-montages by John Heartfield (Helmut Herzfeld) and satirical drawings of Berlin life by Georg (Ehrenfried) Grosz, the latter both members of Berlin Dada.

Cardiff

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Members Made Aware of AJR Services
A decision was made to run the group twice yearly, in May and September/October, with a speaker where possible. AJR Social Services Head Sue Kurlander made members aware of services provided by the organisation which they could make use of should they wish to do so.

Child Survivors Association

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'Why is Hebrew Written Backwards?'
Dr Martin Stern answered the question ‘Why do you write Hebrew backwards?’ and was assisted by members of the audience. Diversions led also to the roots of a number of English-language words - neither Latin nor Greek but Phoenician/Hebrew. Dorothy’s cakes were a delight for the palate.

Ealing

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Life at the Bar
Raymond Sturgess gave a most interesting talk about his life as a barrister and judge. His talk was full of amusing anecdotes, many of them with a Jewish aspect. 

Edgware

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A Variety of Honeys
Camilla Goddard’s talk about bee-keeping was followed by tasting a variety of honeys, which had distinctive flavours in accordance with the flowers the bees had visited. Interesting!

Essex

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A Warm Friendly Meeting
Once again our Chairman Otto Deutsch entertained us with a really enjoyable morning of music, with songs by such as Judy Garland, Edith Piaf and Sophie Tucker. A warm friendly meeting.

Hampstead Garden Suburb

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Book Art Exhibition
The Wiener Library’s Kat Hübschmann gave us insight into the Book Art Exhibition currently on display at the Library. We were also informed about WWII memorabilia, including the loo paper used as propaganda and journals!

Ilford

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‘Let’s All Go Down the Strand’
City and Westminster Guide Elaine Wein took us on an armchair walk down the Strand with its many famous landmarks. We learned a great deal of facts and figures. An engrossing morning.

Imperial Cafe War Veterans

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Meeting of ‘Elder Statesmen’
The usual convivial group of ‘elder statesmen’, eight in all, met for their monthly coffee morning, presided over by the ever-caring Esther. Discussions ranged from everyday problems to concern about the state of the world: the consensus was that our children and grandchildren would inherit an even more difficult and complex world.

Kent

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A Gifted but Eccentric Soldier
Godfrey Gould gave the most fascinating talk on Orde Wingate. He described the gifted but eccentric soldier who did so much to help the Jewish cause in Palestine, enjoying a meteoric career after an unpromising start.

Kingston Continental Friends

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All-England Boxing Champion Daniel Mendoza
David Barnett told us how 18th-centuryJewish boxer Daniel Mendoza became a champion at a time when boxing was unregulated in terms of the stature of its participants. Many thanks to Irene Gould, who kindly offered her home, including delicious homemade food, for this meeting.

Marlow Continental Friends

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What Constitutes an Ideal World?
We discussed what constitutes an ideal world. One member felt the only way this could be achieved was if all people had equal opportunities in everything – most unlikely! Boring this meeting certainly was not. Once again, our thanks to Alan Kaye for putting his home at our disposal.

Nightingale House

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Small World
Two members of our group who had been living on the same floor at Nightingale hadn't previously realised that they both came to this country at the age of 15 and are both of the same age. Small world. Also, we talked about careers we have had.

North London

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Further Information on the ‘Dreyfus Affair’
We learned so much more about the ‘Dreyfus affair’ from our brilliant speaker, Raymond Sturgess – e.g. the withholding of vital information and the incompetence of the French military. Fortunately, the handwriting in a published copy of a crucial letter was recognised by a reader in South America and this led to the apprehension of the real traitor – Major Esterhazy.

North West London

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Poetry Reading
At our Summer Social Get-together we were entertained by Michele Wolf, who read for us some of her original poems, including ‘Paved with Gold’ (about Golders Green). Also, Paula, the AJR’s intern from Germany, told us something about herself.

Norwich (Norfolk)

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Goodies and Poetry
We had a grand time eating our way through lots of goodies as well as the great pleasure of listening to a reading by Kieron Pim of a poem by 13th-century poet Meir of Norwich.

Nottingham (East Midlands)

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A Description of the Museum at Beth Shalom
Aneesa Riffat, Museum Curator at the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre, explained to us what her work entailed. Also, Esther introduced us to Kathryn Williams, the AJR’s new Social Worker – we wish her well in her new job.

Oxford

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The Science behind Tea and Coffee
Not only did Professor Michael Spiro tell us about the origins of tea and coffee but we also learned many interesting scientific facts. A very enjoyable morning.

Pinner

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A Small Town near Auschwitz
Intrigued by the relationship between her mother and a non-Jewish friend in 1930s Berlin and after the war, History Professor Mary Fulbrook uncovered the horrific elimination of Jews in a small Polish town while the friend’s Nazi husband was posted as a civil servant in charge.

Radlett

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Gilbert and Sullivan – the Beginnings
Robert Lowe told how in 1875 the impressario Richard D’Oyly Carte commissioned the lyricist Gilbert and the composer Sullivan to write a one-act comic opera. Trial by Jury, staged at the Royal Theatre, was a huge success. This was the start of 20 years’ co-operation, producing 13 G&S operas. It also led to the building of the Savoy Theatre and Savoy Hotel.

St John's Wood

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An Unusual Childhood
Jane Greenfield, wife of Gordon Greenfield, the AJR’s former Finance Director, talked about her most unusual childhood – on a farm. She drove a tractor from the age of four, milked cows and rode horses. This was due to her father’s having been a POW near Treblinka, where his love of animals and desire to be a farmer originated. An uplifting story.

Surrey

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Special Treat
It was a special treat to meet the Surrey group in Edmee’s lovely home in Epsom. Eating delicious food and drinking good strong coffee while looking out at Edmee’s beautiful garden from her glass conservatory, Hazel and I chatted to members and gathered new ideas and suggestions for future meetings.

Welwyn Garden City

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Care Considerations
Hammerson House’s Andrew Leigh gave us a very good idea of the levels of care offered. Then the tricky issue of costs was discussed. Andrew felt one of the most important issues was sorting things out while able to do so.

Wembley

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Successful Meeting and Fantastic Lunch
A very successful meeting and a fantastic lunch at the beautiful home of Lilly Lampert, followed by a choice of members’ music. A good time was had by all, including the oldest of us, who is now 104.

Wessex (Bournemouth)

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A Very Special Day
We were very lucky to have the most beautiful sunny day for our outing to Rheinfield Country House Hotel in the New Forest. The outing was meticulously organised by Herta and Walter Kammerlling. The driver took us along the scenic route to the hotel and we saw both the coast and the New Forest. We had a delicious tea with homemade scones and a walk around the house with its fabulous Alhambra Room and Great Hall. We strolled around the beautiful hotel grounds before returning to Bournemouth. A very special day.