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Extracts from the Nov 2005 Journal

Making a New Life: Education

Point of view

A dream gone sour

Following the Anschluss, my family's problem was where to escape to. Having read Herzl's The Jewish State, I became convinced that Palestine offered the solution as a home for all Jews. I was offered a 'certificate' necessary for legal immigration under the British mandate. However, had I accepted it, I would have had to leave my parents behind. My brother was already established in England, working for our English cousin, who was now offering us a home. The resulting British visas thus put an end to my Zionist dream. [more...]

Haunting memories laid to rest

A loyal and patriotic German Jew (book review)

MEIN LEBEN ALS JUDE IN DEUTSCHLAND 1873-1939
by Moses Goldschmidt
ed. Raymond Fromm
Ellert & Richter Verlag GmbH, Hamburg 2004, 208 pp., price unknown [more...]

A letter to the stars (book review)

A LETTER TO THE STARS: SCHÜLER SCHREIBEN GESCHICHTE
Vienna: Jugend und Volk, 2005, 320 pp. www.lettertothestars.at (in German) [more...]

Letter from Israel

Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Hungarian Gold Train

The proposed distribution of monies in the $25.5 million (approx. £14m) Hungarian Gold Train Settlement was approved by a Miami-based judge at the end of September. The litigation was brought against the US government by Hungarian Holocaust survivors for the plundering of an estimated $200 million (approx £111m) of their treasures in gold, jewellery, Oriental rugs, fabrics, personal possessions and artworks by US army troops during the Second World War. [more...]