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Spending time outside may be back on the cards, but we’re putting dates in our diaries for evenings in, with another addition to our free-to-access virtual event programme.

On the 9th June, we’re delighted to be presenting war reporter and author Jack Fairweather on his revelatory account of  Witold Pilecki’s undercover mission to Auschwitz. Combining ‘the verve of a thriller with the detailed evidence of the sober, hideous truth’ [The Telegraph], The Volunteer was the winner of the 2019 Costa Book of the Year.

Scroll to the bottom of this email to find a video of last night’s lively exchange on the future of the Labour Party, plus a gem from our archives for you to enjoy.

Tuesday 9 June, 7pm

Jack Fairweather in conversation with Helen Fry

The Volunteer

In the summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. The name of the detention centre was Auschwitz.

Jack Fairweather will speak with historian and author Helen Fry about The Volunteer, his 2019 Costa Book of the Year, drawing on family papers, declassified files and unpublished first-hand accounts.

Click here to buy the book from Blackwell’s.


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Catch Up Now

David Triesman and David Kogan talk to Sarah Baxter about the issues at the heart of the Labour party.

From our Archives

In Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari, speaking at the 2015 festival, took us on a whirlwind journey across 70,000 years of human existence. 
Browse our complete video archive

From our Friends

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Love in Time of Corona: Ayelet Gundar-Goshen on Jewish Mythology and Israeli Literature

Presented by UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, registration for this online event is free. Click here for more information.
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