Rebecca Clifford, Rob Rinder, Angela Cohen
Chair: James Libson
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How can we make sense of our lives if we do not know where we come from? A question at the heart of both Survivors: Children’s Lives After the Holocaust, a beautifully written account of 100 Jewish children out of the ruins of conflict by Rebecca Clifford, and the BBC1 series My Family, The Holocaust and Me featuring Rob Rinder and his mother Angela Cohen which charted their and other British-Jewish families search. They join lawyer James Libson in conversation.
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James Libson is a partner at Mishcon de Reya, solicitors, where he has been for 27 years. He has acted in many high profile cases including for Deborah Lipstadt in her case against David Irving, Gina Miller in her challenge to the government over Article 50, and most recently on behalf of Margaret Hodge MP resisting her expulsion from the Labour Party. He chaired World Jewish Relief from 2011-16 and currently chairs Prism, the Gift Fund. He has an Honorary Ph.D. from the University of Law.
Rebecca Clifford is associate professor of modern European history at Swansea University and author of Commemorating the Holocaust: The Dilemmas of Remembrance in France and Italy. She lives in Swansea, Wales.Rob Rinder
Robert Rinder is a professional barrister, who gained a First Class Honours degree at the University of Manchester in Politics & Modern History. He went onto specialise in international fraud, money laundering and other forms of financial crime. Robert is best known for his ITV1 British reality court show Judge Rinder, which sees real life cases adjudicated over in a studio courtroom. He also presents Judge Rinder's Crime Stories which is now in its third series and lifts the lid on some of Britain's worst ever crimes. In 2017, Robert also re-launched Crown Court on ITV1, newly named Judge Rinder's Crown Court after a 30-year hiatus. Rob also released his own book Rinder Rules in 2014 which successfully highlights a simple guide to making the law work for you - whoever you are! He is a columnist for The Sun and the London Evening Standard. In 2019 Rob began hosting the new Channel 4 show The Rob Rinder Verdict.
Angela Cohen has been Chairman of the '45 Aid Society for the past 7 years. Angela's late father was one of four groups of young, orphaned survivors, most of whom had lost their families in concentration camps and on death marches in Eastern Europe. This group became known as the 'Boys' although there were 180 girls. In 1965, they got together and established The '45 Aid Society, in order to look after each other, give back to their adopted country and teach the lessons of the Holocaust. Angela now leads the Society, with other members of the 2nd and 3rd Generation and continues the work of telling the survivors' stories at schools, universities and commercial organisations. As we know, the story is as relevant today as it was in 1945. This family has become huge with a celebration every year of the Boys' lives and their extensive education programme ensures that the lessons of the Holocaust will never be forgotten. Angela is married with two sons and two grandsons. One of her sons is (Judge) Rob Rinder and she recently took part in a TV programme with her son Rob when they went back to visit Treblinka where all her father's family were murdered.