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Extracts from the Dec 2011 Journal

Club 1943

In December 2011, Club 1943, the venerable and much-loved forum for cultural and political discussion, will be meeting for the last time. Founded by a group of refugee intellectuals, predominantly Jewish, at the beginning of 1943, the Club has been a prominent and distinguished feature of the refugee community in Britain for 69 years, and its weekly meetings, held for many years at Belsize Square Synagogue, have attracted a host of eminent speakers as well as a discerning and loyal audience. But with the death of its last chairman, Hans Seelig, in June 2009, and the inevitable toll taken on the membership by the passing years, it has become impossible to continue the Club’s activities. With its passing, the community of Jewish refugees from the German-speaking lands of Central Europe is losing one of its most important institutions. Only the stalwart efforts of Ernst Flesch and Leni Ehrenberg have kept the Club functioning for the past two years. [more...]

Chosen for life instead of death: Kindertransport from Prague to Swanage

March 14 1939. I was 11 and going to England. On a real plane. True, I was going on my own – or rather by children’s transport – but my parents had promised the time of separation would be no more than a year ‘at most’. I was cock-a-hoop. [more...]

Art notes (review)

Three centuries after her celebrated love affair with Charles II, Nell Gwyn’s name still flourishes on pubs, street names and upmarket apartments. Paintings of Nell, the first It Girl and one of the13 mistresses of Charles II, are among 53 paintings in The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons at the National Portrait Gallery (to 8 January 2012). These superstars of their day, portrayed by artists like Gainsborough, Gillray, Hogarth and Reynolds, were often educated women who became national tragediennes - only to renounce their careers in favour of marriage to wealthy aristocrats. Whether wife or mistress, ageing - like today - was not an option for those who successfully trod the boards. [more...]

The road back to life (review)

ZURÜCK INS LEBEN. DAS INTERNATIONALE KINDERZENTRUM KLOSTER INDERSDORF 1945–1946 (The Road Back to Life: The Kloster Indersdorf International Children’s Centre, 1945-1946)
by Anna Andlauer
Nuremberg: Antogo (www.antogo-verlag.de), 2011, 190 pp., ISBN 978-3-938286-40-1 [more...]

Letter from Israel

Some time ago I was given a small book, ‘Jeder Tag in Theresin ist ein Geschenk’. Die Theresienstädter Tagebücher einer Hamburger Jüdin 1943-1945 (‘Every Day in Theresienstadt is a Gift’: The Theresienstadt Diary of a Hamburg Jewess, 1943-1945’) by Martha Glass, published in 1996 by the Hamburg Department for Political Education with an introduction by Barbara Müller-Wesemann. Martha Glass, a relatively well-off woman from Hamburg, was deported to Theresienstadt at the age of 63 and kept a diary during her imprisonment, or ‘exile’, as she called it. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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