Through our plaque scheme, the AJR is establishing permanent memorials to some of the most prominent Jewish émigrés who fled Nazi oppression and found refuge in Britain as well as places and buildings with a strong connection to the Jewish refugees.

The plaques will help form a tangible link between the illustrious earlier residents and the local community as well as fascinating residents and visitors. As well as being instructive and informative, the plaques will help bring the past into the present, and perpetuate the memory of the person being honoured.

The first AJR plaque, to honour the life of Sir Hans Krebs, was unveiled at the Department of Biochemistry in Oxford in May 2013 and the second, unveiled in October 2013, commemorates the life of the neurologist and founder of the Paralympics, Sir Ludwig Guttmann. In November 2013, we erected a plaque in honour of The Cosmo, a restaurant and famous meeting place of the refugees. In December 2015, we erected a plaque in honour of Leo Baeck, the scholar, teacher and theologian who was a prominent leader of Progressive Judaism. In August 2016, we erected a plaque in honour of Sir Rudolf Bing, who was General Manager at Glyndebourne between 1936 and 1949. In September 2016, we erected a plaque to honour Lord Frank Schon, the Chairman of the National Research Development Corporation who used his positition to improve working conditions for industrial workers. In July 2017, we erected a plaque to honour Otto Schiff who was reponsible for administering the emigration of tens of thousands of Jewish people from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia before the Holocaust. In August 2017, we erected another plaque to Sir Rudolf Bing,  who founded the Edinburgh Festival in 1947.

 To read press releases about the unveilings click on the relevant link below

Sir Hans Krebs

Sir Ludwig Guttmann

The Cosmo   

Leo Baeck

Sir Rudolf Bing: Glyndbourne

Sir Rudolf Bing: Edinburgh Festival

Lord Frank Schon

Otto Schiff