Signing up for refugees

June 24, 2013

Marking Refugee Week, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality is trying to get at least 1,000 signatures for its “No way to live” petition in support of asylum seekers’ rights.


When we did not do enough

By Michael Freedland, June 21, 2013

One of the most interesting things about the coverage of Margaret Thatcher's death was the revelation that her father, Alderman Roberts of Grantham, took in a Jewish refugee girl and gave her a new life. The story was similar to that of the Attenboroughs - the parents of Richard and David - who provided a home for two German Jewish girls who arrived here on the Kindertransport.


Respect to the Jewish refugees who gave us fish, chips and M&S

By Jennifer Lipman, June 20, 2013

Jewish refugees have made the most significant contribution to British life, according to a new national survey looking at the different groups that have settled in the UK to escape persecution.


My (almost) silent movie

By Anna Sheinman, June 14, 2013

We were not allowed to say the word 'death' when I was growing up,” explains film-maker Peter Speyer, whose mother Charlotte took the last boat out of Germany to South Africa in 1938. The word evoked painful memories of the family she left behind.


Thousands petition for Sir Nicholas Winton to be given the Nobel Prize

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2013

A petition bearing the names of more than 212,000 people is being presented to the Nobel Prize committee today urging it to honour Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton.

Known as "the British Schindler", Sir Nicholas, who is now 104, saved 669 children from the Nazis by arranging the eight trains that made up the Czech Kindertransport.


Campaign to rename Jimmy Savile cafe after Paralympic founder

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2013

A campaign has been launched to rename the cafe at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville in honour of the Jewish doctor who founded the Paralympics Games.


Israel seals deal to send migrants back to Africa

By Shira Rubin, June 6, 2013

An unnamed African country has agreed to absorb the majority of Eritrean asylum seekers and labour migrants living in Israel, a senior Israeli official announced on Sunday.

The country is in East Africa, according to Israel's Army Radio.


Time to dispel migrant myths

By Edie Friedman, May 20, 2013

In the heated debate about immigration, which seems to intensify daily and has by no means been settled by the recommendations in the Queen's Speech last week, the Jewish community can look back with pride at the number of Jewish migrants who came to Britain and made an enormous contribution to this country.


Immigrant problem? We should be flattered they choose the UK

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2013

The British should be flattered that so many refugees and immigrants want to settle in the UK. That is the view of one of the country’s best-loved children’s authors, seven decades after she herself found refuge from the Nazis in London.


Sculpture inspired by refugee grandfather

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

An artist whose giant sculpture of an upside-down figure was erected in central London this week, says the work was inspired by his grandfather’s experience as a Jewish refugee to the UK.