Extracts from the Aug 2012 Journal

Thomas Mann and the ‘inner emigration’

Last month’s article on Gerhart Hauptmann contained a reference to the so-called ‘inner emigration’, a term used to describe those writers who had been opposed to National Socialism but chose to remain in Germany after 1933, conforming at least outwardly to the dictates of the regime. The post-war confrontation between the ‘inner emigrants’ and those writers who had been driven out of Germany into real exile ignited into a bitter public dispute in summer 1945, in a rare example of a literary controversy that assumed the dimensions of a nationally significant moral and historical-political discussion about German guilt and German attitudes to the Nazi past. [more...]

Seventy years on: The lost community of Polish Jews is remembered

Throughout mainland Europe, the summer of 1942 was scorching hot. The German army was fully stretched. In spite of this, in what has been termed ‘the fateful months of the summer of 1942’, the Nazis put into effect the plan for the ‘Final Solution’. [more...]

In memory of Yugoslav victims of the Holocaust

Five members of the Child Survivors’ Association of Great Britain-AJR
(CSA-AJR), including one born in Croatia, attended the annual conference of the European Association of Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust, hosted this year by the Jewish community in Zagreb on 1-3 June. [more...]

Art Notes (review)

The Royal Academy’s (RA) Summer Exhibition (to 12 August 2012), now entering its 244th year, is all about surprise. Inevitably, the quality is uneven as nearly 1,500 exhibits vie for attention and are sometimes so densely hung that they morph into a sea of colour and shapes. RA members’ works hang beside those of unknown artists - the egalitarian spirit has thankfully returned to the Royal Academy after a few years of pandering to celebrities. [more...]

From living memory to cultural memory (review)

Volumes concerned with the emigration of individuals due to the so-called ‘seizure of power’ by National Socialists and its consequences, including the Anschluss, have not been uncommon over the past few years. In Stimmen der Flucht, however, we have something slightly different, namely an account of the lives of a whole group - that of the Austrian Jews who left for Britain in the 1930s and settled here. Official records are incomplete, but it is estimated that over 30,000 came, which, according to no less an authority than the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde in Vienna, made Britain, along with the USA, the most important country of refuge for Jews who fled Austria. To put it differently, of the 120,000 Viennese Jews who survived the Holocaust one quarter did so thanks to having been taken in by Great Britain. [more...]

DVD (review)

A selfless and heroic man
THE STORY OF A FORGOTTEN HERO: WILFRID ISRAEL, THE SAVIOR FROM BERLIN
directed by Yonatan Nir
copies (in English, German or Hebrew) £12, including postage, obtainable from Ophir Baer at ophirb@amdocs.com or from Ruth Barnett at rutheclb@googlemail.com [more...]

Letter from Israel

Strange new world [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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