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Extracts from the Nov 2002 Journal

C. C. Aronsfeld: Passionate scholar of the Holocaust

Cesar (he preferred the initials C.C.) Aronsfeld, who has died at the age of 92, was a major scholar, researcher and historian of the Holocaust, playing a key role in the establishment and running of the Wiener Library. In his later years, he became the temporary editor of AJR Information, the forerunner of the AJR Journal. [more...]

A two-way bet on Haider

National character is far from immutable. The Irish, once considered feckless, currently operate one of the most successful economies in Western Europe. Poland, now a staunchly Catholic nation, flirted with Protestantism in the seventeenth century. England, the so-called Land ohne Musik, gave the world the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Sweden, whose armies once stormed through half of Europe, has not fired a shot in anger for nigh on two centuries. [more...]

Continental Britons

From marginal to mainstream

German refugee art was given a ‘very bumpy ride’ in Britain at the start, a packed audience at the Jewish Museum in Camden Town was told. Speaking on the subject ‘The Welcome of Strangers: British Responses to Émigré Art and Artists in the 1930s and 1940s’, a lecture held in association with the Ben Uri Gallery, Monica Bohm-Duchen said that in the early days Expressionist art was generally regarded in Britain as inferior to the French tradition - it was seen as ‘too nervy and angst-ridden’. [more...]

Renaissance man on the Mersey: A profile of Fritz Spiegel

Readers may remember the list of my most prominent profilees (see September issue, p. 2), whom I sought out in such elevated locations as the Palace of Westminster and Cambridge colleges. Even so, I was not prepared for the Georgian splendour of the house Fritz Spiegl inhabits in Liverpool. Fortunately, being aesthetically untrained, I am absolved from the chore of describing his miniature palazzo – since it serves as the setting of Granada TV’s ongoing Forsyte Saga series. All I can do is to state prosaically that it houses a veritable Aladdin’s cave of bibelots, old musical instruments, pictures, antiques and books. [more...]

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Frankfurt forced labour compensation

Victims of Nazi persecution used as forced labourers in the city of Frankfurt are entitled to claim an extra compensation award under the terms of a reparation programme introduced by the city’s government. Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment of DM 2,000 (approximately £650). [more...]

Women and the Nobel Prize

The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901. A century later, only 11 women scientists have received this distinction. Of course, we remember Marie Sklodowska Curie, who won the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics (jointly with her husband Pierre and Henri Becquerel), for her pioneering work on radioactivity, as well as the 1911 Nobel Prize in chemistry for her discovery of radium and polonium. But not all women scientists who deserved Nobel recognition received it. [more...]