Posted on 16/11/2016
From left: Lord Alf Dubs, Rabbi Harry Jacobi and Professor Dan Stone. With permission from The Wiener Library. Copyright: Morag MacDonald.
On Thursday 27th October, invited guests gathered at The Wiener Library for the official launch of its latest exhibition, 'A Bitter Road: Britain and the Refugee Crisis of the 1930s and 1940s'.
Professor Dan Stone was a guest speaker at the event, alongside Lord Alf Dubs and Rabbi Harry Jacobi. Lord Dubs was one of 669 children put on a Kindertransport
by Sir Nicholas Winton; Rabbi Jacobi was born in Berlin and escaped to Britain via Holland. Both spoke about the difficulties of starting a new life in Britain without their families. All three speakers compared the current refugee crisis to the 1930s and '40s, and the exhibition itself hopes to provoke visitors to think how past events may or may not shape responses to the present situation.
In his speech, Professor Stone spoke of the stark reality of the current refugee crisis: "In today’s world, 24 people a minute are displaced. One in every 113 people is either an asylum-seeker, internally-displaced or a refugee. There are about 65 million refugees in the world, about the same as the population of the United Kingdom. About 40.8 million people are internally displaced within their own country." Lord Dubs and Rabbi Jacobi continue to campaign for refugees' rights, particularly those of children, and earlier in the year both visited the former 'Jungle' camp in Calais, northern France.
'A Bitter Road' is open to the public until 17th February 2017: admission is free. Please visit the Library's website
for more details about the exhibition and information on other related events that are taking place over the next few months. Visitors are also invited to join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #ABitterRoad.