Extracts from the Apr 2005 Journal

Richard Grunberger on Richard Grunberger

Extracts from an interview conducted by Bea Lewkowicz [more...]

Initial shock

Arriving in London in the spring of 1939, I found myself in a political culture different from the pressure-cooker atmosphere of Central Europe. Not that British politics slacked heat and passion: Churchill had mud slung at him for warmongering, and the Labour Party had just expelled Aneurin Bevan and Stafford Cripps for advocating a united front with the Communists. [more...]

Richard Grunberger: an institution in his own right

As Editor of the Association's monthly magazine AJR Information and, since 2001, Editor-in-Chief of the redesigned AJR Journal, Richard Grunberger fortified the links between the rich German-Jewish cultural life his generation left behind and of which they, as refugees, are the last representatives. With equal authority, he fostered the acculturation of the German-speaking refugee community in Britain and did not hesitate to point out and debate what he perceived to be the community's main concerns [more...]

Racism: squaring the circle

It has been a received wisdom of politics that racism is a key weapon in the armoury of the far right. The Dreyfus scandal in France and gory events in Ukraine and Hungary in 1919 amply bear this out. [more...]

Future generations to hear 'Refugee Voices'

AJR-sponsored Testimony and Archive projects secured

Leading researchers and former refugees agreed to benefit from closer co-operation and the exchange of information in recording refugee and survivor testimonies for posterity. This first conference, dedicated to advancing the collection of refugee video and audio archives, was initiated and organised by the AJR and hosted by the Jewish Museum in London. [more...]

RICHARD GRUNBERGER 1924-2005

In mourning Richard Grunberger, the editor of our AJR Journal, we mourn the loss of a towering figure, almost certainly the last of the refugee generation to occupy the editor's chair. [more...]

A courageous journey of healing (book review)

SEVEK AND THE HOLOCAUST: THE BOY WHO REFUSED TO DIE
by Sidney Finkel
2005, $9.95 plus $6 airmail postage (for Europe) and packaging
from Sidney Finkel, 367 Tulip Circle, Matteson, IL 60443, USA [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Insurance Claims Commission

The freephone number for claimants wishing to check the status of applications submitted to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims has changed. The new number is 00800 2525 3535. Alternatively, it is possible to call, at regular rates, to the following number in the United States to receive updates: 001 646 519 8767. [more...]