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PRO­FES­SOR David Ce­sarani’s book on the Nazi war crim­i­nal, Adolf Eich­mann, Be­com­ing Eich­mann, has won the Amer­i­can Jewish Book Coun­cil’s Na­tional Jewish Book Award in the His­tory cat­e­gory. The award, which will be pre­sented in New York in March,

Sus­pi­cious restau­rant fire

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fire that se­verely dam­aged the first floor and roof of La Fi­esta kosher restau­rant and an ad­join­ing shop on Tues­day in Gold­ers Green Road, North-West Lon­don. The fire is be­lieved to have started soon af­ter 4am. The road out­side was closed as seven fire en­gines and 35 fire­fight­ers fought for three hours be­fore bring­ing the blaze un­der con­trol. Later a fire-in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit sifted through the charred débris. A spokesman at Colin­dale po­lice sta­tion said: “Barnet po­lice can con­firm that we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sus­pi­cious fire at 241 Gold­ers Green Road. We are keen to hear from any­one who saw the in­ci­dent, and they should con­tact Barnet po­lice on 020 8200 1212.”

Book award

has been en­dorsed by Ger­rard and Ella Ber­man. In Bri­tain, the book, pub­lished by Heine­mann in July 2004, was called Eich­mann: His Life and Crimes. The UK pa­per­back ap­peared in 2005 with Vin­tage. It has been trans­lated into Dutch, Ger­man, Swedish, and Dan­ish, and Ital­ian, Hun­gar­ian and Czech trans­la­tions are on the way.

Liver­pool fraud case

THE JURY try­ing three men ac­cused of in­volve­ment in an “ad­vance fee” busi­ness fraud is ex­pected to re­tire next week. In the dock at Liver­pool Crown Court are Carl Mont­lake, 46, of Spring Vale, Manch­ester; Lau­rence Siegler, 64, of Hey­wood Road, Manch­ester; and Michael Rash­man, 53, of Ker­sal Gar­dens, Sal­ford, Manch­ester. They all deny con­spir­acy to de­fraud and con­spir­acy to ob­tain money trans­fers by de­cep­tion. The of­fences al­legedly oc­curred be­tween Jan­uary 1, 1998 and April 20, 2004. The case con­tin­ues.

Child sur­vivors join AJR

THE CHILD Sur­vivor As­so­ci­a­tion (CSA), which rep­re­sents around 80 of the youngest vic­tims of the Holo­caust, for­mally be­came part of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Jewish Refugees this month. They join the Kin­der­trans­port — the or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing child refugees who fled pre-war Aus­tria, Cze­choslo­vakia and Ger­many — as an­other AJR spe­cial-in­ter­est group. Mem­ber­ship of the AJR al­lows Child Sur­vivor As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers to ben­e­fit from a greater range of so­cial ser­vices and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. Ab­sorb­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion co­in­cides with a great in­crease in AJR mem­ber­ship. CSA mem­bers form part of the 275 new mem­bers the AJR has re­cruited over the past year, bring­ing the over­all AJR to­tal to 3,250.

Reuben brothers do­nate

GREAT OR­MOND STREET Hospi­tal, in cen­tral Lon­don, has an­nounced a multi-mil­lion­pound con­tri­bu­tion from brothers David and Si­mon Reuben to­wards the con­struc­tion of a new chil­dren’s can­cer cen­tre at the hospi­tal. The cen­tre will en­able Great Or­mond Street to be­come the largest cen­tre for pae­di­atric haema­tol­ogy and on­col­ogy treat­ment in Europe and one of the top three largest cen­tres in the world. The do­na­tion fol­lows a re­cent visit to the hospi­tal by the Reuben brothers who are giv­ing the money through their phil­an­thropic foun­da­tion, es­tab­lished in 2002. The Reuben Foun­da­tion gives grants in the ar­eas of health­care and ed­u­ca­tion in the UK. The money went to the hospi­tal be­cause the brothers “recog­nise the ur­gent need to treat more chil­dren suf­fer­ing with can­cer in mod­ern, state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties”.

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