NEWS … in brief
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.”
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”.