Extracts from the Dec 2005 Journal

How I came to believe in miracles

I am a scientist - to be precise, an immunologist - and I don't believe in miracles. However, this summer I experienced a week which has made me wonder. This is a very personal account of that week but I believe the personal is transcended by something of far wider significance - the apparent need of Poles to make up for their antisemitic past. [more...]

Point of view

Land purchase in Palestine-Israel

Shortly after Israel's pull-out from Gaza, a truck which was carrying mortar bombs towards the new frontier for lobbing into Israel as a thank-you for the pull-out exploded, causing deaths and injuries. Hamas promptly blamed Israel for this. This episode characterises the Palestinians' attitude towards Israel: they bomb innocents, even when things are going their way. But, in one respect, they are unable to apportion blame, and that is with regard to the purchase of land. [more...]

Making a New Life: Educational opportunities

Among the varied and remarkable themes emerging through the unique experiences of those contributing to the Making a New Life: Holocaust Survivors in Yorkshire Project, the loss of potential scholarly status is particularly poignant and pertinent. These accounts may resonate with familiar feelings recognised by readers and we on the research team would greatly welcome your responses. [more...]

Rachel Whiteread's Embankment (art review)

Recent natural disasters, from the Boxing Day tsunami to earthquakes and hurricanes, take our thoughts seamlessly to the world of nature. December, too, evokes the silent contemplation of a white sky. Thus contemporary sculptor Rachel Whiteread's Embankment fills the east end of Tate Modern's Turbine Hall with a towering installation of 14,000 white polyethylene boxes, some rising 12 metres high, some resembling more intimate pathways. A bland, empty cityscape? The fragile peaks of the Arctic? [more...]

Silent survival (book review)

IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOLOCAUST: NAZI PERSECUTION OF JEWISH-CHRISTIAN GERMANS
by James Tent
University Press of Kansas, 288pp., $29.95 [more...]

Legendary Jewish swimmers (film review)

WATERMARKS
directed by Yaron Zilberman
Screen on the Hill, Belsize Park, North London [more...]

A fitting epitaph (book review)

A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE THIRD REICH
by Richard Grunberger
Orion Publishing Group (tel 020 7240 3444): Phoenix, 2005, 663 pp. [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Tax-exempt pensions

Following several requests, the Claims Office reproduces here the confirmation that the pensions paid by the German and Austrian governments are exempt from income tax. [more...]