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London Jewish Cultural Centre
Ivy House,
94-96 North End Road,
NW11 7SX

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020 8457 5000


German and Austrian Jewish Refugees: Their Impact and Legacy: Seminar

10.30am-3.30pm, Wednesday 12 - Thursday 13 September 2012
£60 for both days if pre booked (lunch included)

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Price: Pre-booked - £35 per day*,
£60 for both days*, £10 per session

On the day - £40 per day*,
£70 for both days*, £12 per session
* Lunch included

The London Jewish Cultural Centre (LJCC) together with Sussex University’s Centre for German-Jewish Studies (CGJS) and the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) are holding a two day seminar at Ivy House, North London, on Wednesday and Thursday 12 and 13 September 2012. As we approach the 80th anniversary of Hitler’s rise to power, the three organisations have come together to reflect on the lives of the Jewish German and Austrian refugees who fled Nazism and their remarkable contribution to life in Britain. The seminar will celebrate their cultural legacy.

Wednesday 12 September Day 1: Pre War Life and Escape from Nazism
Full Day

10.30-11.15am - Dr Anthony Grenville: Setting the Scene: Viennese Jewry Before 1938

11.30am-12.30pm - Professor Edward Timms: Sigmund Freud and the Creative Circles of Vienna


1.30-2.15pm - Trudy Gold: Germany 1919-1939: An Overview

2.30-3.30pm - 1st Generation Refugees Speak: Panel Discussion: Edith Argy, Dr Edgar Feuchtwanger, Dorli Neale Chair: Rabbi Rodney Mariner

Thursday 13 September Day 2: The Impact and the Legacy
Full Day

10.30-11.15am - Claudia Zimmermann: Legacy of Ludwig “Poppa” Guttmann - Founder of the Paralympics

11.30am-12.30pm - Patrick Bade: Impact of Refugees on Musical Life in Britain


1.30-2.15pm Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg talks to Dr Gideon Reuveni: What Can We Learn From the German-Jewish Experience?

2.30-3.30pm 2nd Generation Speaks: Panel Discussion: Allan Morgenthau, Kit Plaschkes, Maya Jacobs Chair: Michael Newman

Presenter Biographies:

Edith Argy was born and raised in Vienna and was 18 at the time of the Anschluss. She had a pleasant office job but was soon sacked without notice. Her only chance to get out was on a domestic visa to England. She arrived on 10 September 1938 and by the time she was allowed to do office work early in 1940 she had had 9 disagreeable jobs.

Patrick Bade is a senior tutor at Christie’s Education Department. He has taught at the LJCC for a number of years as well as the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Opera House. His latest book is the acclaimed Music Wars about Music in WWII.

Dr Edgar Feuchtwanger is the author of books on modern German History. He grew up in Munich living opposite Hitler. He is the nephew of Lion Feuchtwanger, the German-Jewish novelist who was prominent in the literary world of Weimar Germany and a fierce critic of the Nazi party.

Trudy Gold is the Executive Director of Education and Holocaust Studies at the LJCC. Trudy has taught Jewish history for 30 years, specialising in Holocaust Studies. She has also run courses at leading UK universities including Oxford and Kings College, London.

Dr Anthony Grenville, son of Jewish refugees from Vienna, studied at Oxford and lectured in German at the universities of Reading, Bristol and Westminster, 1971-96. He is currently Consultant Editor of the Association of Jewish Refugees Journal and author of histories of the Jewish refugees from Hitler in Britain and of the Austrian emigration to Britain after 1938.

Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch is the daughter of Anita Lasker Wallfisch and Peter Wallfisch both of whom were born in Breslau Germany, now Poland. In 1943 Anita was deported to Auschwitz. She was saved from death by her cello playing, which earned her a place and identity in the infamous Women's orchestra of Birkenau. Following her liberation Anita did not talk about the past. The Nazis had stolen enough. Living in the shadow of this secretive heritage, Maya found that her sense of personal identity and an experience of 'belonging' have been deeply challenging. These experiences inform her work as a psychotherapist in which she helps her patients address their own subjective experiences of difference, exclusion, persecution.

Rabbi Rodney Mariner is Emeritus Rabbi of Belsize Square Synagogue, an independent London congregation established by German and Central European Jews in 1938. He has compiled siddurim and machzorim for the synagogue that reflect its unique heritage of German Liberal Judaism that was brought to this country by refugees from Nazi persecution and is still preserved by their descendants.

Allan Morgenthau is the child of refugees from Nazi Germany. He is the former Chair and now Vice President of the LJCC, where he has chaired many discussions and events.

Dorli Neale was born in Innsbruck and came to England on the Kindertransport in December 1938. She was sponsored by a grammar school and was able to finish her education. After selling her business, Dorli was a manager in one of the homes for Austrian and German Refugees.

Michael Newman is the Chief Executive of the Association of Jewish Refugees. He is also the Deputy President of the Anglo-Jewish Association and a member of the International Task Force on Holocaust Education.

Kit Plaschkes is the daughter of Otto Plaschkes who escaped Vienna for England in 1939 on the Kindertransport. Her maternal grandfather emigrated to the United States in 1911 from a small town in the Ukraine whose remaining Jewish inhabitants were massacred in 1941 at Babiy Yar. Kit currently divides her time between New York and London and is a theatre producer.

Dr Gideon Reuveni is director of the Center for German Jewish studies at the University of Sussex. He received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has taught at universities in Israel, Germany, the USA and Australia. His central research and teaching interest lies in the cultural and social history of Germany as well as modern Jewish history. His recent area of research is at the intersection of Jewish history and economics. He is the author of Reading Germany: Literature and Consumer Culture in Germany before 1933 (2006) and the co-editor of several other books on divers topic from sports to Jewish historiography.

Edward Timms, Founder of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex, is an authority on the cultural politics of Freud’s Vienna. His interests extend into related fields including the fate of German-Jewish culture under the pressures of anti-Semitism and the achievements of refugees from Nazism. He is best known for his two-volume study Karl Kraus – Apocalyptic Satirist, and his autobiography Taking up the Torch: English Institutions, German Dialectics and Multicultural Commitments appeared in 2011.

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg of the New North London Synagogue is also Senior Rabbi of The Assembly of Masorti Synagogues and a leading writer and thinker on Judaism. Rabbi Wittenberg was born in Glasgow to a family of German Jewish origin with rabbinic ancestors on both sides.

Claudia Zimmermann is an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the Karl Franzens University, Graz, and for the past year has been working closely with the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) and the Poppa Guttmann Trust to coordinate their efforts to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Sir Ludwig Guttmann, founder of the Paralympics.

Venue: Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, NW11 7SX
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