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Extracts from the Sep 2012 Journal

Founder of the Paralympic Games

On 4 July 2012, a reception was held at the Attlee Room in the House of Lords to celebrate the life of Sir Ludwig Guttmann, founder of the Paralympic Games, whose pioneering wartime work with victims of spinal injuries at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, revolutionised the treatment of members of the forces whose wounds would previously have left them bedridden and condemned to an early death. [more...]

Art notes (review)

The famous Scream was prominent by its absence at Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye at Tate Modern (until 14 October). The curators wanted to stress the subtler images created by the Norwegian artist, who seemed to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders. Yet if not one ‘scream’ was seen or heard, the heartfelt anguish of his soul was everywhere. [more...]

Letter from Israel

A few years ago I was asked to prepare the text for a website for Joseph Hirsch (1920-97), a highly regarded Israeli artist who also happened to be my mother’s first cousin (double first cousin, actually, as two brothers had married two sisters in pre-WW1 Germany, one of those couples eventually becoming my grandparents). Joseph was always called ‘Boujik’ in the family, apparently because a childhood nursemaid had been enchanted by his sweet appearance and nature. When I knew him he was a tall, angular man with the typical ironic sense of humour that I associate with ‘Yekkes’, and those of my family in particular. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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