Journeys to Freedom
Joanna Newman, Rosie Whitehouse
Chair: Julia Neuberger
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Two highly respected writers join Julia Neuberger to discuss the Jewish exodus from Europe before, during and after the war. In Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and The Flight from Nazism 1933-1945, Association of Commonwealth Universities secretary general Joanna Newman reveals the little-known story of Jewish refugees making their way to Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. And in The People on the Beach journalist Rosie Whitehouse charts the 1946 journey of 1,000 Holocaust survivors from Eastern Europe to Israel via Germany and Italy.
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Joanna Newman MBE is the Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She was Vice-Principal and Vice-President at King’s College London, and is a trustee of the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA). She is a senior research fellow in History at King’s College London and an honorary research fellow at the University of Southampton specialising in the history of antisemitism, the Holocaust and Caribbean history. Her most recent publication is Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933-1945.
Rosie Whitehouse is a journalist specialising in Jewish life after the Holocaust. She writes for BBC Online, the Observer, The Independent, Tablet magazine, The Jewish Chronicle, Haaretz and others. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she is an historical advisor at the Vienna-based Centropa, a Jewish history institute.
Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE is Chair of University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust. She was Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue from 2011 until March 2020 and is now Rabbi Emerita. She is a cross bench Peer in the House of Lords, former CEO of the King’s Fund, and a founding Trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable trust, set up in memory of her parents. She is a Trustee of the Rayne Foundation, Trustee of the Van Leer Group Foundation, Chair of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Chair of Independent Age. She chaired the Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients in 2013 and was Vice Chair, Mental Health Act Independent Review 2017-2018. She is also a member of the Executive Board, Leo Baeck Institute London. Her latest book on Antisemitism ‘What it is. What is isn’t. Why it matters’ (Orion Books) was published in May 2019. Photo credit Derek Tamea