Refugees on their bikes

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011

In a sprawling metropolis such as London, getting around can be difficult - and particularly so for refugees and asylum seekers without their own transportation.

To help rectify the problem, Habonim's social action worker Jem Stein set up the Habo Bike project earlier this year, supported by the Big Green Jewish campaign from the Jewish Social Action Forum, UJIA and Jeneration.

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Search begins for lost faces of Holocaust

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011

A campaign has ben launched to identify Holocaust survivors who lost contact with their families during the Nazi era.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has posted on its website photographs of some of the more than a million children who had been separated and displaced in the war years.


Last minute 'reprieve' for Austrian refugee, 87

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

An 87-year-old former refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria received a last-minute invitation to an Austrian Embassy commemoration event, after being told the event was full.

Vienna-born Alice Malcolm, 87, complained to the JC last week that despite travelling from Glasgow to London, and her daughter Vivien Lobell flying from New York, the embassy had told her that the event to mark the 70th anniv


On this day: Iraqi army overthrows the monarchy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

The events of that day in July changed the face of the Middle East, as the Hashemite monarchy was overthrown after 26 years of rule.

The coup, led by Major-General Abdul Karim el Qasim and a group of army officers, was greeted in Baghdad by many as liberation from the forces of imperialism. But as Iraq lost its Western-backed leadership and became a republic,


Deport order for Algerian asylum-seeker

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

A Jewish asylum-seeker from Algeria who is currently in detention has been told he will be deported back to the country in two weeks.

Krim Aitziane, 49, who came to Britain 11 years ago, was detained by immigration authorities three weeks ago.

He was previously denied refugee status but was given leave to remain pending an aliyah application, which was submitted in October 2009.

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Lessons from refugees

June 23, 2011

Coinciding with Refugee Week, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality has launched an online resource for educators about the Kindertransport and other refugees.

The Journey to Safety website will feature background information on the Kindertransport, guidance on oral history interviewing and lesson plans for teachers.


Algerian Liberal convert now faces deportation

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2011

An asylum-seeker from Algeria who converted to Judaism in the UK is facing deportation after being detained by immigration officials this week.

Jews from Birmingham and Leicester are concerned for Krim Aitziane, who was removed from the Midlands to a detention centre near Gatwick on Monday.

Mr Aitziane, thought to be 49, received a Liberal conversion in the UK, but dresses strictly Orthodox


Nazi refugee story to star at Fringe

By Robyn Rosen and Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

An American teacher is to bring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the true story of a child who fled Nazi-occupied Austria, after her diary was donated to him.

Andrew Geha, a teacher at Friends Academy, a Quaker school in New York, was given the diary of Inge Fischer by her niece Lisa Waldstein.


Leipzig honours its master singer Ralph

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

Sir Ralph Kohn, who fled from his birthplace of Leipzig from the Nazis, is to be honoured by the city for his commitment to its most famous resident – Johann Sebastian Bach.

Sir Ralph, 83, a pharmaceutical businessman, has been awarded Leipzig's Medal of Honour. His Kohn Foundation supports innovation in science, medicine and the arts.


Death of the Holocaust's quiet hero

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

The veteran Zionist, Arieh Handler, who died last week in Tel Aviv aged 95, was the last surviving witness of the declaration of the state of Israel.

For many years he was the embodiment of religious Zionism in the UK as the founder of the national branch of Bnei Akiva and as a leader of Mizrachi UK before he finally made aliyah at the age of 90.