An insightful look at exiled German Jewish academic Heinrich Walter Cassirer.
Hitler's first anti-Jewish law stripped Jewish academics of their positions. Among those affected was Heinrich Walter Cassirer, a German Jew from a family “acquainted... only superficially with religion”, who had recently completed his PhD thesis at the University of Heidelberg. Fortuitously, W.D. Ross, the Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, published a favourable review of that thesis. An invitation to Oxford followed, and with it the beginning of a lasting exile in British academia. Based on archival records, autobiographical statements, and third-party memoirs, this talk from the University of Sheffield's Dr Iona Hine reconstructs the precarious experiences of a migrant academic in 1930s Britain.
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