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Extracts from the Mar 2011 Journal

Germans and Jewish refugees: Some observations

Analyses of relations between the Jewish refugees from Germany and the Germans - a highly sensitive topic - often result merely in the restatement of entrenched positions. Historians and other scholars painstakingly demonstrate that there is a wide spectrum of attitudes among the former refugees, ranging from those who hate Germans and will never forgive the crimes of the Nazi period to those who have largely reconciled themselves to their former homeland and (re-)established friendly relations with Germans, with a huge variety of intermediate positions. (The attitudes of camp survivors are, for obvious reasons, far more uniformly hostile, as letters like that by Frank Bright in our January 2011 issue show.) [more...]

Third Generation group meets for first time

This Holocaust Memorial Day was even more important than most - it was the occasion of the first-ever official meeting of the Third Generation. [more...]

For the love of English

English is not my first language, not my mother tongue, not even the second language I heard at home when my parents said something to each other I wasn’t supposed to understand: Pas devant les enfants. Most of the people in our narrow circle of relatives and friends in Vienna could speak French more or less; it was considered to be an essential part of ‘being cultured’. My mother said the sound of French was like music and pointed out all the French words in common use in German, and added a few more. [more...]

ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS

Sir - Thank goodness for the sensible and balanced views of your correspondent Avraham Shomroni from Tel Aviv (February). He seems to be aware - as some of your correspondents are not - of the demographic time bomb ticking away. This would produce a one-state solution with the Palestinians in the majority if the two-state solution is not achieved. [link]

Art notes (review)

The Royal Academy of Arts launches Modern British Sculpture (to 7 April) with a nod to the plundered art of the British Empire. These ancient stone or bronze figurines from Native America, Africa, Egypt and Greece, now on loan from the British Museum and the V&A, are monuments to a time aeons before the term ‘modern’ was in anyone’s vocabulary. [more...]

Letter from Israel

Last year the world marked the anniversary of Mahler’s birth and death, so that we were able to attend more performances of his music than is usually the case. I was therefore not surprised to find that at the first concert of the season the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra played his First Symphony. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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