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Refugee Stories: Celebrating the Launch of the Library’s Refugee Map

Refugee Stories: Celebrating the Launch of the Library’s Refugee Map

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 18:00 - 20:00 Greenwich Mean Time (UTC±0)

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Refugee Stories: Celebrating the Launch of The Wiener Holocaust Library’s Refugee Map

About this event

Join The Wiener Holocaust Library to celebrate the launch of our new online Refugee Map resource. Drawn from the Library’s extensive collection of photographs and documents of Jewish refugees to Britain, the map traces individual stories and journeys.

The evening will include an in-person talk given by Dr Rachel Pistol on the subject of the trajectories and experiences of Jewish refugees to the United Kingdom during the Second World War, including their internment and treatment as “enemy aliens” and opening remarks from Kindertransportee, politician and campaigner for the rights of refugees, Lord Alf Dubs, and Refugee Council Chief Executive, Enver Solomon.

The talks will be followed by a reception.

About the Refugee Map:

Supported by funding from Arts Council England, the Library’s Refugee Map visually traces refugee journeys with documents from our collection, including handwritten diaries, photo albums, identity and emigration papers, Red Cross letters and taped interviews. The documents on our new resource reveal and preserve the stories of the individuals and families that fled Nazi persecution and antisemitism in the years before, during and after the Second World War. The Library will continue to add donated collections to the map after its initial launch.

About the speakers:

Lord (Alf) Dubs was born in December 1932 in Prague, and was one of the Czech children rescued from the Nazis in the Kindertransport. He has since been a determined campaigner on the plight of refugees.

Enver Solomon is the Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, a leading charity working with refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. Founded in 1951, following the creation of the UN Refugee Convention, the Refugee Council supports and empowers people who have made the heartbreaking decision to flee conflict, violence and persecution in order to rebuild their lives here in the UK.

Dr Rachel Pistol has spoken and published widely on immigration history and Second World War internment in the UK and the USA. She works at King’s College London as a digital historian on the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI). Dr Pistol is interested in the trajectories of refugees who fled Nazi-occupied Europe and travelled to Britain in the 1930s and 1940s. She is also interested in the comparisons between the refugee situation of the 1930s and the present day.

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