AJR marks its 70th anniversary

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011
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The lives of refugees who fled from antisemitic persecution will be celebrated in a week-long series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Association of Jewish Refugees.

Politicians, academics and human rights activists, as well as many former refugees and their children, will take part in the varied programme at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. Events will run from June 20 until June 26, to coincide with National Refugee Week.

The AJR, started in 1941 by refugees from the Nazis, supports Jews who fled to the UK from persecution, mostly from the Holocaust, but also from the former Soviet Union and the 1992 Bosnian conflict.

The week's events will include a Question Time session with the Austrian ambassador and deputy German ambassador, alongside former government ministers Lord Moser and Margaret Hodge and ex-deputy mayor of London Nicky Gavron, daughter of a German Jewish refugee.

The last surviving member of the Amadeus Quartet, cellist Martin Lovett, who met the three other members of the group in an internment camp, will be interviewed by journalist David Herman.

    Last updated: 1:48pm, May 19 2011