Continental FriendsThere follow reports from recent get-togethers.
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AJR Book Club
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As always, ably led by Esther and, as always, a very lively discussion. All of us have very strong opinions. We discussed The Woman in the Picture by Katherine McMahon and One Night, Markovitch by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. Currently we’re reading Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. Many thanks to Café Also for delicious tea and cake.
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Glamorous 83-year-old Jean Bayliss regaled us with tales of her illustrious career spanning 70 years. She had met and counted as friends Audrey Hepburn, Anthony Newley and Millicent Martin, as well as encountering Elvis Presley, Richard Burton, Mae West and Danny Kaye. Jean starred as Maria in the original Rodgers and Hammerstein production of The Sound of Music in London. A real trouper!
Brighton and Hove
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David Barnett spoke about Judith Montefiore, who, among many other things, was fluent in several languages, published the first Jewish cookbook and, with her husband Moses Montefiore, a rich broker, visited the Holy Land. Judith generously supported Jewish and non-Jewish charities.
Bristol and Bath
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Members met at Bannerman Road for a delicious lunch, after which we heard some favourite pieces of music chosen by members along with their reasons for so choosing. One piece of music reminded a member of the English countryside, in sharp contrast with the klezmer music chosen by another guest.
Bromley Continental Friends
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First and Second Generation members enjoyed an afternoon of companionship and lively discussion, encompassing a broad range of topics - from the merits of Ocado deliveries to cultural and leisure events. Exhibitions, film music and books were recalled and reviewed. Hazel told us about future visits and provided a delicious lunch at Liane’s home.
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Members were treated to a fascinating talk by Mike Levy about Jewish lyricists, including the Gershwins, Oscar Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill and the British-born Lionel Bart. Mike read some of the lyrics to us and we could hear the skill, humour and poetry of the words. He also played us some tracks.
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Members enjoyed a delicious deli lunch with rye bread, salmon and other goodies. David Lawson presented his fascinating talk about residents of Ostrawa. He had done detailed research and it was especially interesting to see how descendants of the original individuals had fared, and particularly gratifying to note how large the families had become and how much they had achieved.
Child Survivors Association
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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.
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Jenny Manson read out extracts from the diaries of her father and her aunt relating to 1918-20. Her aunt had a traumatic youth in Ukraine, the diaries illustrating the horror of the pogroms she experienced. She escaped to Palestine, where she was taught by Einstein, before moving to England. Here she led a very full life, career-wise and as a mother. A most remarkable lady who lived to the age of 95.
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The Imperial War Museum’s Suzanne Bardgett spoke about the Holocaust exhibition, research conducted by current PhD students, and a recent exhibition about Indian soldiers in Brighton during WWI.
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David Barnett showed us pictures of Judith Montefiore, a fine-looking woman born in 1784 and married to Moses Chaim Montefiore. The couple travelled extensively around Europe staying in expensive hotels and visited the Holy Land in 1827. Her brother-in-law was Nathan Mayer Rothschild!
Hampstead Garden Suburb
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David Barnett told us about the life of Daniel Mendoza, 1764-1836, the first Jewish prize-fighter, who was only just over 5 foot tall and weighed 160 pounds. An interesting talk.
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Kathryn Prevezer took us on an armchair tour of WWI cemeteries with the help of outstanding photos she had taken herself. It was sad to see numerous less well-known graveyards and realise how many young lives had been lost in those hostilities. An interesting if sombre morning for us all.
Imperial Cafe War Veterans
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A lively gathering with many topics discussed, mainly the Home Office’s inability to look sympathetically on war veterans and the driving tests that many never took owing to it’s being war time - but they can all drive a tractor and HGV!
Kensington & Notting Hill
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The newly formed Kensington Group met for a splendid afternoon tea at the home of Lisl Wertheim. Good food and company were enjoyed by all and a true bond has already been formed between members of this delightful group.
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Lesley Urbach spoke about the life and career of the eminent Labour politician Herbert Morrison, particularly his attitude towards Jewish refugees both before and after the war. There was a lively debate about internment, of which members shared personal experiences.
Kingston & Surrey
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We met for coffee at the home of Edmee Barta. It was lovely as always to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Edmee’s hospitality was much appreciated by all.
Marlow Continental Friends
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We are fortunate in having a fixed venue for our meetings: the beautiful home of Alan Kaye, whom we thank for his hospitality. During the delicious lunch Hazel had prepared for us, we discussed many topics of interest, including the general election, the recent Israeli election, and the ‘Mediterranean boat people’.
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We knew some snippets of information about the City - its Roman origins, etc - but learned so much more from our excellent speaker, Elaine Wein. Only a few of us knew of Pye Corner, where the Fire of London finally stopped, and probably fewer had heard of Postman’s Park, where there are memorial tablets commemorating ordinary citizens who died whilst saving the lives of others.
North West London
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Michelle Wolff - the Jewish Pam Ayres - read some of her own poems, including ‘About Age’ (growing old isn’t a crime!) and ‘Paved with Gold’ (a light-hearted look at Golders Green). Being a poet is a condition, not a profession, Michelle insisted.
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Nine of the Tribe of the Israelites met for a splendid lunch at the Norwich synagogue. The theme chosen by Kathryn was music, each of us choosing a favourite piece. I was astounded by the ability of small electronic gadgets to coax a good sound from the ether, apart from also being a camera, telephone, etc.
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We were hosted by Ruth and Jurgen Schweining in their new home. As usual, Ruth provided a lovely lunch, enjoyed by 14 members from around the area. We were delighted to welcome Esther, recovering from her recent illness. As usual, we had a lovely few hours catching up on news.
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Meeting at the home of Suzie and John Bates, I talked about my April trip to the WWI battlefields in France and Belgium, showing photos of the cemeteries and monuments I had seen. We discussed the bizarre fact that many members had relatives who had fought for Germany in WWI and had been honoured for bravery, yet had faced the horrors of WWII 20 years later.
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Naomi Games told us that her father Abram, the illustrious graphic designer, had worked for London Transport, Shell and the Post Office before becoming a freelance and winning major awards. He designed posters and stamps both at home and abroad. His stark, simple designs, well ahead of their time, created maximum impact: among the most memorable are those for the Second World War recruitment posters, the Olympic Games, the Festival of Britain, and the Financial Times.
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Frances Long described the introduction of Italian opera into London society in the 18th century. Especially fascinating was her analysis of the social changes taking place among the English upper classes at that time, which made this strange form of entertainment acceptable. The talk was witty, informative and wide-ranging and stimulated a great deal of discussion.
St John's Wood
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Jane Merkin, the producer of ‘Suitcase 39’, a play written to commemorate the 75st anniversary of the Kindertransport, told us how the idea for the production originated and about the process of putting it on. Jane explained that her mother was a Kind and that she and her sister had felt a responsibility to tell the story.
Welwyn Garden City
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Kind hospitality from Monica in the warmth of her home, giving Esther Rinkoff, Southern Outreach Co-ordiantor, the chance to get to know this well established group.
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Colin Davey’s fascinating talk included many well-known buildings such as The Gherkin (architect Norman Foster), Lloyd’s (Richard Rogers), Alban Gate (Terry Farrell) and the Natwest Tower (Richard Seifert). This was followed by a Q&A session and a delicious tea and conversation! Thank you, Colin and Kathryn.
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Professor Clare Ungerson gave a talk based on her book Four Thousand Lives about the Kitchener Camp. Opened in 1939, the Camp was situated close to Sandwich in Kent and became home to some 4,000 German/Austrian men aged 17-45. Clare spoke of the fascist element in Sandwich but said that most local residents were kind and generous and forged lasting friendships with the men.