Extracts from the Apr 2012 Journal

An Oxford exhibition

On 15 January 2012, an exhibition on the distinguished classical archaeologist Professor Paul Jacobsthal, who came to Oxford University in 1936 as a refugee from Hitler, opened at the gallery of Oxford’s town hall and museum, where it was shown until 10 March. The opening ceremony was conducted by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Elise Benjamin, the first Jew to hold that office. The exhibition, ‘Persecution and Survival: A Wartime Refugee’s Story’, was created by Dr Sally Crawford and Dr Katharina Ulmschneider of the University’s Institute of Archaeology, who have undertaken the challenging task of cataloguing Jacobsthal’s papers and researching his life and work in Oxford. [more...]

Latvia: A personal march through history

Riga, 8 September 1940
Dear Mum
I’ve just found out that it’s possible to write letters to England from here. As I haven’t heard from you in such a long time, I’m writing this letter to you by airmail and hoping for an answer by return of post. You might wonder why you’re hearing from me from Riga. I’ve been living here for two or three months now. My exact address is: Paul Loewenberg (Kahns), Riga, Latvia, USSR, Marijas iela 33, Flat 10. [more...]

Art Notes (review)

The wonder of Picasso is that he never stops growing. There is always something to admire, be moved or astonished by - reason enough for Tate Britain to demonstrate his profound influence on other artists throughout half a century. Picasso and Modern British Art (until 15 July) presents him in contrast with seven other painters: Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson and David Hockney. [more...]

Letter from Israel

If one lives in Israel long enough one cannot escape being brushed by the wings of history. One week in my life recently took me - metaphorically - across continents and eras. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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