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Extracts from the Aug 2009 Journal

Duet for One

The spirit of Central European Jewry pervades the highly successful revival of Tom Kempinski’s play Duet for One, which was originally staged in 1980 and is, at the time of writing, running at London’s Vaudeville Theatre. The play has a cast of two: a psychologist, Dr Feldmann, and his patient, the world-famous violinist Stephanie Abrahams, who has been stricken by multiple sclerosis and is unable to play any more. The production has two outstanding performances, by Henry Goodman as the German-accented Feldmann and Juliet Stevenson as the wheelchair-bound Abrahams. The play was inspired by the case of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré, though only in its outward details. [more...]

History lived in Selsey-on-Sea

There are certain public events - whether they affect our private lives directly or indirectly or not at all - that remain forever etched on our minds. For us Austrian Jews, one such was, of course, the Anschluss. More generally, in the second half of the 20th century, most people remember the exact circumstances in which they found themselves when they heard of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Princess Diana’s death. And my guess is that Barack Obama’s inauguration in the first decade of the 21st century will have a similar impact. [more...]

Wilton Park: A very special PoW camp

The use, after the war, of the Wilton Park estate near Beaconsfield for re-educating former German prisoners-of-war in the virtues of democracy was related in an article by Eric Bourne and a letter by Peter Hart in recent issues of the Journal. [more...]

Lawyers without rights (review)

HOLLYWOOD LIEDERBUCH (LIEDER IN EXILE)
by Hanns Eisler
Christopher Maltman (baritone)
Julius Drake (piano)
at The Temple Church, London EC4 [more...]

AJR Report

Ghetto pensions [more...]

Letter from Israel:

The grass is dying [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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