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British Academy Thank You Britain Fund 50th anniversary celebration and commemoration

British Academy Thank You Britain Fund 50th anniversary celebration and commemoration

The event held at the British Academy on 10 November 2015 proved to be a remarkable success.

It was attended by well over 100 people, including AJR members, Fellows of the British Academy and independent academics. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship, financed by donations from the Jewish refugees from Hitler, presentations were given on four distinguished refugee academics.

Professor Sandra Fredman (Oxford) spoke on the expert on labour law, Sir Otto Kahn-Freund. Professor Richard Gombrich (Oxford) then delighted the audience with memories of his father, the art historian Sir Ernst Gombrich. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson spoke about Sir Ludwig Guttmann, founder of the National Centre for Spinal Injuries at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, birthplace of the Paralympic movement.

Sir Ralph Cohn recalled Sir Ernst Chain, whose post-doctoral fellow he had been, and his Nobel Prize-winning work on the development of penicillin. Dr Anthony Grenville outlined the history of the Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship and spoke in commemoration of those Jews from Germany and Central Europe who perished unknown in the Holocaust.

The event concluded with a reception. Lord Stern, President of the British Academy, gave an address, and our Chairman, Andrew Kaufman, responded on behalf of the AJR.

Click here to read the lecture given by Tony Grenville at the event, and the accompanying poem by Friedrich Schiller he read.

Click here to see some pictures from the event and here to read the programme.

Click here to see some videos from the event.