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Hans Albrecht Foundation Lecture & Human Rights Award, Monday 4 November 2019


Hans Albrecht Foundation Annual Lecture The Children’s Transports from Vienna and the Children Left Behind

Professor Paul Weindling will explore how it came about that of all the children who were registered on the Kindertransport, only a proportion of them were admitted to the UK. The lecture will examine the process of selection and how Jewish welfare organisations under Nazi rule interacted with those in London. Weindling’s research shows how The London Movement for the Care of Children from Germany imposed the requirement for medical certificates and school reports, whereas the Vienna office prioritised children from families suffering severe persecution.

Professor Weindling is Britain’s leading expert on Nazi medical war crimes and the history of eugenics. He is the Wellcome Trust Research Professor in the History of Medicine at Oxford Brookes University. He is currently conducting research into the treatment of sick and disabled refugees from Nazism who sought refuge in Britain.

Human Rights Award – Helen Johnson OBE

Helen Johnson OBE is the Head of the Refugee Council’s Children’s Services. For over 20 years, Helen has dedicated her professional life to supporting some of the most vulnerable in society. As Head of Children’s Services, Helen oversees the only national service of its kind offering asylum and welfare support to separated young people seeking asylum, trafficked children, those who are age disputed and children who are desperately in need of social support. Helen has overseen the successful delivery and significant expansion of this service during her time at its helm, ensuring that the vital support and advice it offers best reflects the changing needs of children and young people who come to the UK in search of safety.

Hans Albrecht came to Britain on the Kindertransport. The Hans Albrecht Foundation (HAF) strives to advance and promote human rights particularly in relation to children, equalities, disability, children who are refugees and/or fleeing conflict and freedom from persecution on the grounds of race, ethnicity and faith.

This event is organised in conjunction with the University of Sussex Centre for German-Jewish Studies.

Time: 6 – 8.15pm

Tickets: £9 + booking fee. Refreshments will be provided.

Location: The Wiener Holocaust Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP

Tel: 020 7636 7247

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