Britain and the Refugee Crisis: Then and Now

A 4-week course exploring British responses to the refugee crisis during the 1930s and 40s, revealing a neglected history of support for refugees from remarkable people and institutions of all faiths and none. The photo shows the disembarkation of Kindertransportees from the SS Warsawa, which travelled from Gdynia, Poland and docked at Tower Bridge on 14 February 1939 (used with the permission of the Bundesarchiv).

Start

January 31, 2021 - 12.00 am

End

February 7, 2021 - 12.00 am

In 2020, when there are more than 79.5 million displaced across the world and the British Home Secretary proposes re-housing refugees on distant islands, an understanding of refugees as innocent people rather than an invasion is sorely needed. Through an exploration of British responses to the 1930s and 1940s Refugee Crisis, this course will reveal a neglected history of support for refugees from remarkable people and institutions of all faiths and none.

Weekly Topics

  • Tradition of Hospitality”: James Parkes versus Rising Antisemitism across Europe (301BRCa)
  • An Appeal to the British Public”: Eleanor Rathbone and Victor Gollancz’s Campaign for European Jewry (301BRCb)
  • The Power of Good”: Nicholas Winton and the Prague Kindertransports (301BRCc)
  • Ungrudgingly Opened its Doors”: The West London Synagogue’s Legacy of Rescue (301BRCd)

Time: Sundays, 6.30pm to 7.45pm
Dates: 17, 24, 31 January & 7 February 2021
Course name and code: Britain and the Refugee Crisis: Then and Now (301BRC)

Venue: On Zoom (link will be provided before each session)
Cost: Full price £60; Concessions £25; Single session £20; if you wish to join during the course, the cost is the full price or the total of the remaining single sessions, whichever is lower. 

For booking enquiries please email: book@sirmartingilbertlearningcentre.org indicating whether you would like to book for the whole course (recommended) or individual sessions.

In partnership with the University of Southampton’s Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, West London Synagogue, and the Lyons Learning Project.

Speakers

Dr Jennifer Craig-Norton is an Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute, University of Southampton. Her publications include The Kindertransport: Contesting Memory (Indiana University Press, 2019) and Migrant Histories and Historiographies: Essays in honour of Colin Holmes (Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics, 2018), co-edited with Christhard Hoffman and Tony Kushner. In 2019, she received a grant from the West London Synagogue looking into their historic work with refugees and she is writing a book on Jewish refugee domestics and nurses 1938-1950.

Dr Tony Kushner is Professor in the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and History Department at the University of Southampton. He has written widely on the British Jewish experience, especially social history and comparative migration. His most recent books are The Battle of Britishness: Migrant Journeys since 1685 (Manchester University Press, 2012) and Journeys from the Abyss: The Holocaust and Forced Migration from the 1880s to the Present (Liverpool University Press, 2017). He is currently working on a study of a Jewish triple murderer and, with Dr Aimee Bunting,  Co-Presents to the Holocaust. He is co-editor of the journal Patterns of Prejudice and deputy editor of Jewish Culture and History.

Dr Chad McDonald is a Visiting Fellow at the Parkes Institute, University of Southampton and Academic Skills Tutor (Arts and Humanities) at the University of Chester. He is the curator of the award-winning travelling exhibition “James Parkes and the Age of Intolerance”, which has visited Christian, Jewish, and civic venues throughout Britain. Chad is the Social Media Editor for the journal Patterns of Prejudice.

 

CONTACT

Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre

Address 32 Hampstead High Street, London, NW3 1QD
Email book@sirmartingilbertlearningcentre.org


The privacy and security of your personal data is important to us. To understand what we do with your data and your rights, please see our Privacy Policy.

Subscribe

To receive news about the Centre’s events and other activities by email, please complete this form:

Your privacy & security

The privacy and security of your personal data is important to us. To understand what we do with your data and your rights, please see our Privacy Policy.

TOP