Extracts from the Oct 2009 Journal

The first AJR local groups (Part I)*

The local groups on whose activities we regularly report are one of the jewels in the AJR’s crown. The first of the existing groups was that in Leeds, followed by that in South London, under the genial guidance of the late Ken Ambrose. In the 1990s the groups spread nationwide, thanks to the devoted efforts of the indefatigable Myrna Glass and her counterpart in the North, Susanne Green. They now number over 40. [more...]

‘Inspiration by Goodness’

Of the 669 Czech children who travelled on the original eight ‘Winton
Trains’ from Prague to London in 1939, only 22 were on the new ‘Winton Train’, which left Prague on 31 August 2009 and arrived at Liverpool Street Station, the same destination as the original trains, on 4 September. I was one of the 22. [more...]

British first, Jewish second (Point of View Series)

Dominic Lawson wrote recently in The Sunday Times that he had ‘inherited a bit of my grandmother’s neurosis: a small part of me wonders if it is entirely wonderful that Britain’s two best-known Jews [Alan Sugar and Michael Winner] seem so comfortably to tally with the antiSemitic stereotype of the money-obsessed loudmouth.’ [more...]

‘Between silence and screams’: The Refugee Voices collection – seven case studies

This article is a condensed version of an undergraduate dissertation by Julia Pettengill of the University of St Andrews, who was awarded a first-class honours degree. She is also the author of ‘“A Guilt Beyond Crime”’: The Future of Genocide Prevention in the Anglo-American Sphere’ (Henry Jackson Society, 2009). The dissertation uses material from the AJR’s Refugee Voices collection of filmed interviews to investigate the way in which oral history testimonies convey survivors’ memories of the traumatic events of the Holocaust. Because of the highly personal nature of some of the testimony, only the initials of the interviewees have been used (Ed.). [more...]


Sir - In her September letter to you, Mrs Margarete Stern uses the word ‘goyim’ when referring to non-Jews. I find this most offensive. How would she like to be referred to as a ‘yid’? [link]

Art Notes (review)

If Futurism is the collective noun for modern art, its 1910 manifesto, pledged by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, declares war on all before it. It condemns art critics, sentimentality, imitation and the (nauseous) nude. [more...]

AJR Report

Central Office for Holocaust Claims
Austrian pensions improvement [more...]

Letter from Israel: Maestro Mendi Rodan

One of the subscription concert series my husband and I attend regularly is given by the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. The concerts are held in an imposing auditorium situated on the Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus and focus on a different composer or school of music each year. During the academic year the audience is treated to brief lectures by members of the faculty about the chosen composer as well as to a performance of some of his music, usually by a soloist or a chamber ensemble. Once again, it is mainly faculty members, most of them seasoned performers, who are the performers. [more...]

Art notes (review)

The Royal Academy of Arts (RAC), once the bastion of artistic orthodoxy, has launched its first solo exhibition of a living artist. Whatever your views on installation art, Anish Kapoor’s vision is massive. Sculptures both convex and concave, blinding colours, cannon fire - the concept is everything. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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