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Event Date: 18th May 2017 | 18:30

Friends and Enemies: The Free German League of Culture and the British by Professor Charmian Brinson

Ben Uri Gallery and Museum 108A Boundary Road Off Abbey Road London NW8 0RH

Join the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum for a discussion with Professor Charmian Brinson on The Free German League of Culture and the British. The Free German League of Culture was founded in Hampstead in December 1938 by German refugees from Hitler with the aim of preserving and advancing Free German Culture, at a time when culture was being suppressed in Germany itself. Throughout its eight-year existence, the League enjoyed the backing of numerous distinguished British supporters from all walks of life whose support was crucial in legitimising its existence. Although it was founded as a non-party political organisation, the Communist faction among the refugees came to play an increasingly important role in League activities. This attracted the attention of the British intelligence organisations, MI5 and Special Branch which kept a watchful and suspicious eye on the League until its closure in 1946. Professor Charmian Brinson is Emeritus Professor of German at Imperial College London and a founder member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies (University of London). She has published extensively in the field of German-speaking refugees in Britain, 1933-1945, her chief research interests being political exile and women in exile. Book here or call 0207 604 3991. Tickets are £5 for students, pensioners or those receiving benefits and £10 full price. About Ben Uri: We are a registered charity and the only specialist art museum in Europe addressing universal and ever-more central issues of identity and migration through the visual arts. Emerging from and representing the Jewish community, our collection principally reflects the work, lives and contribution of British and European artists of Jewish descent, interpreted within the wider context of twentieth and twenty-first century art history, politics and society.

Posted: 31st Jul 2017 | 10:30

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