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The Kerr Family in Flight

Judith Kerr is well known for her popular children’s books including The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat. She was born in Berlin in 1923 to a Jewish family. Her father, Alfred Kerr, was a prominent theatre critic, poet and broadcaster who was openly critical of the Nazis. Her mother, Julia Kerr, was a composer. This exhibition was curated to mark the centenary of Judith Kerr’s birth.

Book talk: Andrea Hammel, The Kindertransport: what really happened

Join The Wiener Holocaust Library to mark the publication of Andrea Hammel’s important new book on the Kindertransport child rescue scheme, based on extensive new research. In this talk Andrea Hammel will show what really happened using her research into governmental and organisational records as well as oral testimonies and ego documents.

Book event: Thomas Harding in conversation with Aviva Dautch about The Maverick – George Weidenfeld and the Golden Age of Publishing

Join The Wiener Holocaust Library and Jewish Renaissance [hyperlink] to mark the publication of Thomas Harding’s The Maverick [hyperlink] – the story of the famed publisher George Weidenfeld, who transformed not only publishing but the culture of ideas, from his struggles as an Austrian-Jewish refugee in London to his rise as a world-renowned literary figure.

Hybrid Book Talk: The Box with the Sunflower Clasp – Jewish flight to Shanghai

As part of our Family History events series, the Library is pleased to host Rachel Meller talking about her first book, The Box with the Sunflower Clasp, which relates the flight of her aunt and grandparents from Nazi-run Vienna to the unlikely haven of Shanghai. She will describe the resilience and enterprise of the 20,000-strong Jewish community within the challenging surroundings of the war-torn Chinese port.

Refugee Week: 19 – 25 June 2023

Refugee Week is the world’s largest arts & culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of people seeking sanctuary. It’s been running in the UK since 1998 and is […]

The Kerr Family in Flight

The Kerrs took refuge first in France, where they lived until 1936 before moving to London. Judith remained in Britain after the war and went on to study at the Central School of Arts and Crafts after winning a scholarship. She would go on to author many children’s books, including a trilogy of books about her experiences fleeing from Nazi Germany and living in France and then Britain, including When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.   

Governments must show compassion and give safe harbour to those in danger: Joint statement from the Wiener Holocaust Library and the Association of Jewish Refugees

Two British organisations have chronicled the lives and represented the interests of the Jewish refugees from Nazism – The Wiener Holocaust Library and The Association of Jewish Refugees. And we are both increasingly concerned about the impact of the government’s proposed Illegal Migration Bill and the discourse and language surrounding its formulation. 

Remembering Judith Kerr

Join us to celebrate the centenary of Judith Kerr, best-selling illustrator and author of books including When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, and refugee from Nazi Germany.

Heritage Fund The Association of Jewish Refugees Federal Foreign Office
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