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Book and Exhibition Launch: Four Thousand Lives

Thu 20 Mar 2014

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

In November 1938 about 30,000 German Jewish men were taken to concentration camps where they were subjected to torture, starvation and arbitrary death. In Four Thousand Lives, Professor Clare Ungerson tells the remarkable story of how the grandees of Anglo-Jewry persuaded the British Government to allow them to establish a transit camp in Sandwich, East Kent, to which up to 4,000 men could be brought while they waited for permanent settlement overseas. The whole rescue was funded by the British Jewish community, with help from American Jewry.

Most of the men had to leave their families behind. Professor Clare Ungerson’s new book Four Thousand Lives and the accompanying exhibition at The Wiener Library do more than tell a story of salvation, they also seek to explore how a small English community reacted to the arrival of so many German Jews in their midst.

The book and exhibition will be launched on 20 March 2014 at The Wiener Library, and will include a short talk from the author, the Right Reverend Michael Turnbull, former Bishop of Durham and current resident of Sandwich, and Adrienne Harris, daughter of camp welfare officer Phineas May.

Refreshments will be served.

Admission: Free but booking is essential as space is limited.

Location: The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London - click for map

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