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Clemens N. Nathan PhD Scholarship Programme

Clemens N. Nathan PhD Scholarship Programme

AJR Chief Executive, Michael Newman, announced a ground-breaking PhD scholarship programme at a memorial seminar held in honour of AJR member Clemens N. Nathan on 4th May 2016 at the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, London.

 The full scholarship, that will be run by the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex, has been endowed in memory of the late Clemens N. Nathan, founding member and honorary Life-President of the Centre’s London Support Group, who died last year.

The scholarship will support the study of the complex spectrum of the German-Jewish experience including topics such as history and memory with a special emphasis on the second and third generations, Jewish relief organisations, and the German-Jewish refugee.

 After the memorial seminar, the Board of Directors of the AJR decided to make a significant contribution towards the creation of the PhD that, together with generous funding from the Anglo-Jewish Association and the Nathan family, will enable the scholarship to get underway in September 2016.

The Centre for German-Jewish Studies is seeking further financial contributions to enable other students to access the scholarship funding in 2017 and beyond. This is a particularly good time to contribute as matched funding has been made available from the University of Sussex.

 In his speech, Michael quoted part of the tribute written by the President of the Claims Conference, Julius Berman: “…his beginnings, as a German-Jewish refugee, clearly influenced the person Clemens became, including genuine interest in, and indefatigable efforts in support of, the well-being of others. He was driven to become involved in a wide range of Jewish-related and human rights-related causes. He always found a way. And he did it with a touch of British charm and a ready smile. He was by any measure I know, a mentsch, an inspiration.”

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the scholarship, or for more details on the PhD, please contact Diana Franklin or Dr Gideon Reuveni at the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex.