Extracts from the May 2010 Journal

Friends of the ‘enemy aliens’

In all the many obituaries, tributes and other articles in the media devoted to Michael Foot since his death on 3 March 2010, hardly any mention has been made of his forthright support of the refugees from Hitler who were interned by the British government in the early summer of 1940. Though Foot was barely 27 years old at the time, he was a prominent feature writer for the London Evening Standard, thanks to the patronage of the paper’s owner, Lord Beaverbrook, who appointed him editor of the paper in 1942. On 23 July 1940, Foot wrote a trenchant article attacking the stupidity and injustice of the internment of the refugees from Nazism, who had every reason to hate Hitler and to rally to the Allied cause. ‘Why not lock up General de Gaulle?’, he concluded caustically. [more...]

AJR Annual Report 2009

Highlights of the year
Last year was an exceptionally busy time for the AJR as we welcomed a record number of members to our regional group meetings and attended to an ever-increasing number of our members with urgent medical, social and welfare needs. [more...]

Art Notes (review)

The pièce de résistance of the long-awaited reopening of London’s Jewish Museum is the mediaeval mikveh discovered in the home of the Crespin family in the City of London in 2001. Surrounded by pebbles, backed by glass, it has been lovingly restored, stone by ancient stone. [more...]

Family histories (review)

by Renée Tyack
Book Guild, 146 pp. hardcover, £16.99 [more...]

Letter from Israel

Refugees. That word means many different things to many different people. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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