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Extracts from the Aug 2006 Journal

Ukraine, Jews and antisemitism

nreported by the British media, a considerable affront to Jewish sensibilities was staged by Ukrainian activists in Paris, in the form of a celebration at the grave of the former Ukrainian leader Simon Petliura, under whose brief rule thousands of Jews were murdered in the bloodstained chaos that followed the Russian Revolution. Petliura had to flee from Bolshevik rule and was assassinated by a Jew in Paris in 1926. [more...]

From our parents' bookshelves

This is the first of a series of occasional articles devoted to works of literature that formed part of the culture of German-speaking Jewry and can still be read and enjoyed today.

Arnold Zweig's novel Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa (1927) is probably the best novel in German to come out of the First World War - though the best selling is Erich Maria Remarque's anti-war classic Im Westen nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front, 1929), known worldwide in Lewis Milestone's film version. Penguin Books published a translation, The Case of Sergeant Grisha, in 1986. [more...]

Stateless in Schlaraffenland

The war in Europe was over, and I had become an ACE - Allied Civilian Employee - working for the US Army in Germany. I had a cushy job in Pullach, Bormann's former headquarters where we were billeted, as assistant to the personnel officer, a captain, whereas the majority of my colleagues had to travel into Munich each day to censor letters or monitor telephone calls. [more...]

More on refugee children in North Cornwall during the war

I read Trude Silman's article 'A school which no longer exists' (June) with great interest. I remember Kingsley School at Tintagel, but cannot recall whether I knew at the time that there were five refugee girls boarding at the school. I knew about the ladies who were known as the Principals. One of them was Susan Stebbing, Professor of Logic at Cambridge and a formidable intellectual. [more...]

The Other Schindler's List

'A school which no longer exists' took me back to a school in Hampstead, where, at the elbow of Maresfield Gardens, Dr Schindler's co-ed prep Regent's Park School had a handful of refugees cramming for various exams before the war. [more...]

A watershed moment in history (review)

KRISTALLNACHT: PRELUDE TO DESTRUCTION
by Martin Gilbert
HarperCollins, 2006, 320 pp., £14.99 [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

World record for a painting

The 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, the subject of a legal battle for more than five years, was sold to the Neue Galerie in Manhattan last month for a world record of $135 million (approximately £73m). This eclipses the previous highest amount for a painting - the $104.1m paid for Picasso's 1905 Boy With a Pipe (The Young Apprentice) - and was bought for the New York museum by its owner, the cosmetics magnate Ronald Lauder. [more...]

Portrait of a trial

THE HOLOCAUST ON TRIAL, D D Guttenplan, Granta, 2001. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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