Refugees to get a new voice

By Leon Symons, June 6, 2008

Jewish refugees who fled Arab countries in fear for their lives will be given a new voice at a forthcoming conference in London.

Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC) has until now been a loose part of the American-based Centre for
Middle East Peace.

That will change at a three-day founding congress in London that will see JJAC create its own elected leadership and infrastructure.


Child refugees from Nazism remembered at Yom Hashoah

May 16, 2008

Over 400 people from throughout the capital attended a Yom Hashoah commemoration at Pinner Synagogue, in particular marking the 70th anniversary of the British government’s agreement to accept child refugees from Nazism on the Kindertransports. Former Kinder Susi Bechhofer and Hermann Hirschberger spoke movingly about their experiences, pointing out that real heroes of the Kindertransports were the parents who let their children escape. Guests included senior London-based diplomats.


We have a moral duty to help asylum-seekers

By Helen Bamber, May 9, 2008

We, who know about survival, must make the case for refugees publicly I suppose one could say that my professional life began at the age of 20 when I entered the former German concentration camp of Bergen Belsen a few months after its liberation. I was the youngest member of the Jewish Relief Unit, a unit that was formed during the war and had been training its recruits to work for the rehabilitation of Holocaust survivors as soon as the war had ended.