Barrington Black’s views move from the sound Biblical message of kindness to strangers to stereotyping Albanians, Chinese, Jamaicans, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalis and Romanians in much the way that Jews have been stereotyped as Shylock and Fagin ( JC, November 2). Mr Black, as a criminal judge, was hardly seeing typical representatives of those groups. Such criminals were no more like ordinary members of their communities than Fagin was a typical Jew.
Having spotted this himself, Mr Black says, “but one cannot ignore the proportions”. What proportions? He cites no statistics: he simply relies on his own unrepresentative experience. Unfortunately, comment of this nature about immigration may be interpreted by some as a cloak for racist bigotry.
The overwhelming majority of legal migrants are a great asset to the UK. Judith Moss email@example.com that she mentions, how civilised was it to send 16-year-old refugees under armed guard to Australia and Canada? Ernest G Kolman Oldfield Lane North, Greenford, Middx
Austrian Jewish Holocaust survivors were involved in every aspect of the negotiations with the Austrian government ( My Holocaust Compensation is an Insult, October 26). Supporting that agreement were the American Council for Equal Compensation of Nazi Victims from Austria and the Central Committee of Jews from Austria in Israel.
The General Settlement Fund was only one component of the 2001 agreement, which was for more than $500 million. Also included in the agreement were $7,000 payments to every surviving Austrian Jewish victim, later increased by another $1,200. A key part was obtaining nursing and pension payments for 2,400 Austrian survivors living outside of Austria.
In addition, the Claims Conference has secured and distributed $10 million from Austrian sources to assist survivors around the world. Hillary Kessler-Godin, Director of Communications, Claims Conference New York, NY 10010, USA