Extracts from the Jun 2010 Journal

‘The MP for refugees’

On 7 December 1969, a ceremony was held to mark the opening of Eleanor Rathbone House in Avenue Road, Highgate, which provided sheltered accommodation for elderly Jewish refugees from Nazism. The 12-storey block, containing some 50 flats, was the proud result of several years of joint effort by the AJR and the Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief, through which restitution monies from West Germany were then channelled. The building was named after a gentile Englishwoman, in grateful recognition of her unique contribution to the welfare of the Jewish refugees from Hitler and in memory of her battle to rescue the Jews of Europe in the teeth of official prevarication in Britain and Nazi savagery in Europe. [more...]

Art notes (review)

The majesty of Henry Moore’s sculptures is beyond dispute, but their cavernous quality reveals something anguished and fragile. Some were made to grace England’s bland, reconstructed post-war cities, but were often stolen or defaced, as though their very refinement made them unfit for purpose. Now, over 150 works by this twentieth-century master, the first in over two decades, are shown in Tate Britain’s comprehensive new exhibition until 8 August. [more...]

Claims Conference update

At their most recent round of negotiations with the German government, the Claims Conference secured notable improvements in the eligibility criteria for reparation funds and significant increases in support for social and welfare programmes. [more...]

Letter from Israel

As a result of a chance encounter at Lod airport at the beginning of the year, I met Robi Damelin, spokesperson for the Parents Circle–Bereaved Families Forum, the group uniting Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families in an effort to attain peace, reconciliation and tolerance. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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