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In Conversation: Lord Daniel Finkelstein and Professor Philippe Sands

June 20, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

£10

Book cover of Hitler, Stalin, Mum and dad by Daniel FinkelsteinAn event to mark the publication of Daniel Finkelstein’s Hitler, Stalin, Mum and Dad: A Family Memoir of Miraculous Survival

Daniel Finkelstein’s family experience at the hands of the two genocidal dictators of the 20th century is one of miraculous survival. His mother Mirjam Wiener was the youngest of three daughters born in Germany to Alfred and Margarete Wiener. Alfred Wiener was the founder of The Wiener Holocaust Library and a decorated hero from the Great War. He is now widely acknowledged to have been the first person to recognise the existential danger Hitler posed to the Jews and began, in 1933, to catalogue in detail Nazi crimes. After moving his family to Amsterdam, he relocated the Library’s predecessor organisation to London and was preparing to bring over his wife and children when Germany invaded Holland. Before long, the family was rounded up, robbed, humiliated, and sent to Bergen-Belsen camp.

Daniel’s father Ludwik was born in Lwow, the only child of a prosperous Jewish family. In 1939, after Hitler and Stalin carved up Poland, the family was rounded up by the communists and sent to do hard labour in a Siberian gulag. Working as slave labourers on a collective farm, his father survived the freezing winters in a tiny house they built from cow dung.

About the speakers

Daniel Finkelstein is a British journalist and opinion writer. A former executive editor of The Times, he continues to write for the paper. He has been Political Columnist of the Year four times and recently joined the board of Chelsea Football Club. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2013.

Philippe Sands is Professor of public understanding of Law at University College London, and Samuel and Judith Pisar Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is the former President of English PEN and on the board of the Hay Festival of Arts and Literature. Author of many books, including East West Street (2016) and The Ratline (2020), Philippe is an occasional contributor to many publications, including The Guardian, Financial Times and New York Times, and appears regularly on the BBC and CNN. His next book, The Last Colony, was published in September 2022.

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Beveridge Hall
Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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