Royal College of Nursing Kristallnacht Commemoration Talk 13 November 2018 in London


Doors open 5pm, talk starts at 5.30pm

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht

Jane Brooks, senior lecturer at the University of Manchester

From the anti-Jewish pogrom on 9 and 10 November 1938, known as Kristallnacht, increasing numbers of young German and then Austrian and Czechoslovakian Jewish women fled Nazi Europe for Britain, agreeing to train as nurses in return for refuge. Many of these young women came from educated, privileged families. Some were medical students, practising doctors and university students, others had dreams to be journalists or concert pianists; all of these options had to be abandoned on escape. Yet, many learned to love nursing and were dismayed when they were forced to leave their training programmes in the early months of the war, albeit in many instances, temporarily.

Using a range of oral history interviews, official documents and correspondence in the nursing press, Jane Brooks’ talk will cast light on the lives of some of these women and the contribution they made to nursing in the 20th century.

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a hearing loop in the lecture room. Large print copies of presentations available if requested at least a week before the event. Assistance dogs are welcome.

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Image Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park


Tue 13 November 2018

5 – 7pm


Royal College of Nursing

20 Cavendish Square



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