Extracts from the Aug 2005 Journal

AJR in 1950s keen to preserve memory of British officials such as Frank Foley

The June edition of the AJR Journal contained a report by Ruth Rothenberg on the recent unveiling of a memorial to the British agent Frank Foley in his hometown of Highbridge in Somerset. The following extract from Anthony Grenville's forthcoming history of the Jewish refugees from Central Europe in Britain, 'Aliens' and After: A Social History of the Jewish Refugees from the German-speaking Countries in Britain, 1945-1970, shows that the AJR was concerned as far back as the 1950s with preserving the memory of Frank Foley and like-minded British officials. Dr Grenville's book is based largely on intensive research in AJR Information, generously supported by the AJR. [more...]

The joys of travel

Time was when you planned your trip, loaded up your car with luggage and the kids, and set off on a journey that might take days to complete. I remember having a yen to see the South of France, an almost unimaginable distance away as it seemed then. So we plotted our route on the map. Not along the Rhone-Saone valley in the east - that was bound to be congested with traffic and we always had to take our holidays at the height of the tourist season to fit in with my teaching commitments. No, we would go down the west side. [more...]

Art notes

For a Russian artist born into an Orthodox Jewish family in the late nineteenth century, the religious and political freedom of early twentieth-century Paris represented both 'lumière' and 'liberté'. That is how the 23-year-old Marc Chagall saw it when he emigrated there. Although the imagery of his work had been forged in his native Vitebsk, it was in Paris that he developed contacts with other Jewish artists and writers like Apollinaire, Fernand Léger, Modigliani, Abraham Mintchine and Bela Kadar, and where the 'light of Paris' nourished an unprecedented flowering of Jewish art. For the artistic luminaries who formed the forum for a virtual Jewish school of Paris, Yiddish and Russian rather than French were the lingua franca, and the Beehive or La Ruche in Montparnasse was the central point, where Chagall quipped 'One either died or came out famous.' [more...]

Memoir of a subversive broadcaster (book review)

NO FIXED ABODE: A JEWISH ODYSSEY TO AFRICA
Peter Fraenkel
I B Tauris, hardback, 2.49 pp., £24.50 [more...]

Letter from Israel

Having forsworn principles as the root of all human misery, while adhering only to one - to have none - I decided to accept the invitation to attend my nephew's engagement party deep in the heart of the Territories, in the fortified 'settlement' of Eilon Moreh. [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Hardship Fund

Victims of Nazi persecution who fled Austria following the Anschluss and who have not previously received compensation from the German government may now be entitled to receive a one-time compensation payment from the Claims Conference-operated Hardship Fund. Austrian Holocaust survivors not in receipt of a victim's pension from Austria and who did not receive any previous compensation from the German government in the 1950s or 1960s are eligible for the €2,550 (approx £1,700) award made by the Claims Conference with money endowed from the German government. [more...]