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.

Start

January 17, 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
  • An Appeal to the British Public”: Eleanor Rathbone and Victor Gollancz’s Campaign for European Jewry
  • The Power of Good”: Nicholas Winton and the Prague Kindertransports
  • Ungrudgingly Opened its Doors”: The West London Synagogue’s Legacy of Rescue

Time: Sundays, 6.30pm to 7.45pm
Dates: 17, 24, 31 January & 7 February 2021
Venue: On Zoom (link will be provided before each session)
Cost: Full price £60; Concessions £25; Single session £20

For booking enquiries please email: book@sirmartingilbertlearningcentre.org

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.