Ruth Deech

Lady Ruth Deech is a crossbench peer, member of UK Lawyers for Israel, formerly – chair of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, governor of the BBC, Principal of St Anne’s College Oxford, chair of the Bar Standards Board, Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, trustee of the Rhodes Scholarships.

Refugee and Survivors Stories

Tony Grenville is the author of the first history of the refugees who fled to Britain from German-speaking lands, from their arrival in the mid-thirties, to their eventual settlement. Bob Moore’s groundbreaking Survivors explores the strategies that enabled Jews to escape or hide from the Nazis, particularly in France, Belgium and Holland.

Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred
Judeophobia, the great hatred. Is it a psychic aberration, a 2,000 year-old disease? Loathing of Jews has been a feature of Christendom since the first accusation of deicide and this, combined with enforced employment patterns – usury and trade – made the Jews the pariahs of Europe, a situation the Enlightenment did nothing to change. Chameleon-like, the hatred became racial rather than religious. Today there is an addition to the old prejudices – aversion to Israel. As the world falls ...