Author, Editor and Authority on Jewish Refugees from Hitler in Britain
Anthony Grenville, son of Jewish refugees from Vienna who fled to Britain in 1938, was born in 1944. He was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his BA (Modern Languages) and D.Phil. He lectured in German at the Universities of Reading, Bristol and Westminster from 1971 to 1996. Since then he has worked for the Association of Jewish Refugees, the organization that has represented the Jewish refugees from Nazism in Britain since 1941. He has been Consultant Editor of its monthly publication, AJR Journal, since 2006.
Anthony Grenville has published widely on the Jewish refugees from Nazism who settled in Britain after 1933. Among his publications are books, including Jewish Refugees from Germany and Austria in Britain, 1933-1970, the first historical study of the refugees to go beyond 1945, as well as articles and edited volumes. Every month since January 2006, he has written the front two pages of AJR Journal, a total of nearly 100 articles and some 150,000 words.
Anthony Grenville has been responsible (with Bea Lewkowicz) for two exhibitions: Continental Britons: Jewish Refugees from Nazi Europe (Jewish Museum, London, 2002), and Double Exposure: Jewish Refugees from Austria in Britain (Austrian Cultural Forum, London, 2011, and German Historical Institute, London, 2013), also shown as Stimmen der Flucht: Österreichische Emigration nach Großbritannien ab 1938 (Literaturhaus, Vienna, 2011). He and Dr Lewkowicz were also responsible for creating the collection of filmed interviews Refugee Voices: The Association of Jewish Refugees Audio-Visual Testimony Archive (completed 2008).
Anthony Grenville frequently appears in public. He is a regular speaker and lecturer at events arranged for both Jewish and non-Jewish, academic and lay audiences. He has in 2013 given conference papers at the Universities of Vienna and Hamburg, has spoken for the Bloomsbury Festival at Senate House, University of London, and was guest speaker at the annual event organized by World Jewish Relief in Birmingham. He has a number of television and radio appearances to his credit, including BBC TV’s Who Do You Think You Are?.
Anthony Grenville is a founder member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London. He was Hon. Secretary of the Research Centre for nearly 15 years, and now acts as Chair of its London Committee. He was responsible for organizing three of the triennial conferences of the Research Centre, on refugees from Hitler in Britain (1999), refugees at the BBC (2002) and refugees from Austria in Britain (2005). He is a member of the editorial board of the Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies and has edited several of its volumes. He is also a member of the Beirat (Advisory Board) of the Gesellschaft für Exilforschung (Society for Exile Studies).