Continental Friends

There follow reports from recent get-togethers.

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Southern Groups

AJR Book Club

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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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Famous Jewish Boxer
David Barnett talked about the All-England Jewish boxing champion Daniel Mendoza, who was born in 1764 in London’s East End but whose family fled Spain during the Inquisition. In 1954 his name was placed in the Boxing Hall of Fame.

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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A Very Special Afternoon
We are, as always, appreciative of Liana and Hazel’s hospitality and a delicious lunch was provided at our meeting. A very special afternoon in the company of friends where topics as diverse as cultural identity and mothers-in-law were discussed.

Cambridge

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Life in the Council

Ex-Mayor of Cambridge Sheila Stewart, a young American and the only woman to serve as Mayor twice, delighted us with tales, including anecdotes on meeting the Royal Family


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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A Great Supporter of Refugees
Dr Susan Cohen spoke to us about Eleanor Rathbone, whose biography she has written. Eleanor Rathbone, born in Liverpool, was a great supporter of refugees from Nazi Germany. There is a plaque in her memory at Hoop Lane in London and a building in Israel has been named after her.

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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Demob Stories
Peter Eden told us he sold his suit, hat and coat in the black market for £10 and went out on the razzle! Henry was demobbed in India, Bill in November 1947. Harold wasn’t sure of the exact date but told of his lucky escape on the Dunera when 2 torpedos failed to explode.

Kent

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Visit to Picturesque Leeds Castle
It made a lovely change to visit picturesque Leeds Castle, home to six queens of England. It certainly brought back fond memories for Edith and Inge, once guides there themselves. After lunch we watched a falconry display and the more intrepid members braved the maze!

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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Eight Tips for Healthy Eating
Popular speaker Lucy Daniels, past Chair of the British Dietetic Association, gave eight tips for healthy eating: base all meals on starchy foods; eat plenty of fruit and veg; eat more fish; cut down on saturated fat and sugar; eat less salt; be a healthy weight and stay active; drink plenty of water; don’t skip breakfast.


North West London

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A Legend in Her Own Lifetime
While enjoying the lovely lunch provided by Hazel and Esther, we watched a very interesting film about the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, made when she was 98. Truly a legend in her own long lifetime.

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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Jewish Artefacts in the V&A
In an enthralling screen presentation, Marilyn Greene described a wealth of Judaica, including a 17th-century Dutch Torah mantle and rimonim, 18th-century German Purim and Passover plates, and a Moroccan Torah scroll.

Radlett

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Economic Crisis

Most of Tim Pike’s talk was devoted to the fundamental causes of the current economic crisis, which he put down to excessive governmental interference. Some of his views proved quite controversial


St John's Wood

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Ways of Commemorating the Holocaust

ALaura Marks, Senior Vice-President of the Board of Deputies, gave a most interesting talk about the Board’s proposed response to the Holocaust Commission survey on ways of commemorating the Holocaust. A lively discussion followed.


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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Claims Conference
Sara Hahn spoke with passion about her work in New York with the Claims Conference. A most illuminating afternoon.

Wembley

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Learning about the Law
A very interesting talk by retired barrister and circuit judge Raymond Sturgess, interspersed with amusing stories. We learned a lot about the law.

Wessex (Bournemouth)

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Inside the World of Politics
Chris Moncrieff, former Political Editor of the Press Association, regaled us with amusing stories and provided some inside knowledge of the world of politics.