Continental FriendsThere follow reports from recent get-togethers.
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AJR Book Club
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Meeting at Joseph’s Bookstore, we discussed Jonas Jonasson’s The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. We all thought it funny and inventive. Afterwards we enjoyed a delightful lunch. Next book: The Housemaid’s Daughter by Barbara Mutch (at 3.00 pm.
Birmingham (West Midlands)
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Dudley MP Ian Austin, the son of Margaret and Fred Austin, enthusiastic supporters of our group meetings, told us something of the various calls on an MP’s time, both in Westminster and in the constituency.
Brighton and Hove (Sarid)
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We watched the excellent documentary Watermarks, about the pre-war Vienna Jewish sports club Hakoah. Members of the women’s swimming team talked about their lives in the Nazi era and, after 65 years, six of them returned to their pool in Vienna for a reunion.
Bristol and Bath
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A full house for our meeting, Myrna’s very last hosting! Our speaker having been forced to cancel, Myrna got us to ad lib on the theme ‘A pivotal meeting that changed the course of my life’. We received some gems and hearts were truly touched.
Bromley Continental Friends
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Meeting in Liane Segal’s delightful flat, we had an animated discussion on such subjects as relations between survivors and Second Generation children, circumcision, and the controversy around Hannah Arendt’s book on the Eichmann trial.
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At our last meeting of the year we enjoyed a reading by Lotte Kramer of some of her favourite, widely published poems. Lotte is herself a founder member, with her husband, of our group. A most tasty lunch augmented this very special morning.
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Lunch at the Cardiff Reform Synagogue was a pleasant affair organised by Myrna Glass and followed by delightful entertainment by Lynne Bradley, who revealed hidden stories behind The Wizard of Oz and Singin’ in the Rain, read her own poetry, and sang beautifully.
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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Members spoke about the person who had made the greatest impression on them during their lifetime. This triggered a lively discussion on a wide range of issues, relating particularly to people’s upbringing in times of trouble.
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Tracey Childs gave us insight into how she came to produce Diane Samuel’s play Kindertransport, which is currently touring England. An actress before she became a producer, Tracey told us how her career had developed from initial ballet classes. Altogether an interesting afternoon.
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David Barnett took us back to the heyday of boxing: the year 1795 saw the birth of boxing legend Daniel Mendoza, listed among the 100 most influential Jews of all time. Mendoza died aged 72, almost penniless despite earning the equivalent of £3 million in today’s money.
Hampstead Garden Suburb
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A very special meeting at which members spoke of their favourite music, film and book. The highlight was a member’s edition signed by Pam Ayres from which we were read two of her favourite poems. A most stimulating discussion followed each person’s Desert Island choices.
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Despite the chilly weather 20 members turned up for our Chanukah Party. Besides the festive fare, we enjoyed the social atmosphere and caught up with the interesting events other members had been to. A convivial morning for all of us.
Imperial Cafe War Veterans
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A new young veteran has joined our group, just proving it’s never too late! If there are any other Pioneer Corps or British Army veterans out there, please come and join us.
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While all the eating and drinking was going on, members recounted memories of their childhood in Germany. All touched on the awful period of Kristallnacht, now known in Germany as Pogromnacht. Although the lunch was a happy occasion, the anecdotes were naturally tinged with the sadness of the past. But everyone applauded Esther and Janet for having produced such a memorable afternoon.
Kingston Continental Friends
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Joining us for the usual delicious tea at the home of Susan Zisman, AJR Trustee Anthony Spiro spoke of the beginnings of the Wiener Library and the work it does. A delightful afternoon.
Marlow Continental Friends
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A record number of people - 15 - attended a talk by historian Dr Helen Fry, who spoke mainly about her recent book The M Room, which tells the story of German POWs in the UK and those who listened in to their bugged conversations. Our thanks to Alan Kaye, who again put his lovely house at our disposal.
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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.
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Colin Davey chronicled the migration of the legal profession in the footsteps of the financial one. Given that his talk also recalled some personal experiences, it proved even more fascinating. A great morning.
North West London
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Having worked off delicious jacket potatoes and fillings with Extend Exercises led by Ruth Berman, we sat and stretched our limbs to beautiful music. Then we tucked into delicious cheesecake and roulade.
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Norwich Synagogue was once again the meeting place of the few intrepid indefatigables, but this occasion was different - it was the last time Myrna took centre stage before retiring. There was a cake, a card and best wishes for the future.
Nottingham (East Midlands)
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Ruth and Jurgen’s excellent hospitality in the comfort of their eclectic home made this a most enjoyable meeting. Conversation and home-made apple juice flowed!
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John Fieldsend introduced and showed us the wonderful documentary Nicky’s Children, about Sir Nicholas Winton’s rescue of children from Czechoslovakia to England. Deeply moving.
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Illustrating her talk with numerous photos, Margery Cohen recalled her idyllic childhood in Bombay. With a grandfather in the grain trade, she remembered the constant clatter of her mill home and Jewish customs with an Indian flavour such as the 12-inch matzot. At her convent school, there was never any pressure to convert.
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A very pleasant start to 2014 – tapping our feet to Alf Keiles’s excellent jazz programme, including a version of ‘Hava Nagila’. As always, thanks to Alf for his kind hospitality.
St John's Wood
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We were joined by Tracey Childs and Andrew Hall, producer and director respectively of Diane Samuel’s play Kindertransport and both recognisable actors from, among other TV dramas, Broadchurch and Howard’s Way. They delighted us with their passion for the play they have brought back to life and which is currently touring the country – Kinder are welcome to go free but please contact me first.
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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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We had a social morning at Monica’s with coffee and lebkuchen. A very enjoyable time was had by all with interesting conversation and discussion.
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A very interesting get-together, with our friend Laura Levy reading from her book about Jewish life in England in the 13th century. Nice tea and lively ‘shmoozing’
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We met at the Synagogue for a Chanukah and listened to a wise and uplifting talk by the Rabbi linking the Chanukah story to the strength and determination of many AJR members. A lovely festive, social occasion.