Recent Engagements and Future Projects
On 28 March 2014, Tony chaired the opening session of the annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Exilforschung (Society for Exile Studies), ‘Kometen des Geldes: Okonomie und Exil’, held at the Literaturhaus, Vienna, 28-30 March 2014.
On 7 April 2014, Tony lectured to the Society for Jewish Studies, London, on ‘The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Nineteenth-Century Vienna’.
Tony’s paper on academic refugees in wartime Oxford, originally delivered to a workshop on that subject at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, is due to appear shortly in a volume containing the proceedings of the workshop being published by Oxford University Press.
Tony’s paper on Jewish refugees from Austria in Britain, originally delivered at the 2013 conference of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Exilforschung in Vienna, is due to be published by the ÖGE shortly.
Tony is currently working on a book on the representation of Britain and British society in texts by Jewish refugees, 1933-2012. Entitled Encounters with Albion: Depictions of Britain and the British in Texts by Jewish Refugees from Nazism, it consists of seven chapters, covering the arrival of the refugees in the years after 1933 and their initial reception, the wartime period and the subsequent decades of settlement in Britain. While there are a number of studies that have investigated British attitudes and government policies towards the refugees from Hitler, this book breaks new ground by considering the interaction from the other side, from the perspective of the refugees. It uses texts such as memoirs, diaries, autobiographies and published editions of letters, as well as fictional texts, almost all written contemporaneously with the events of the period described. The book, which is generously supported by the Association of Jewish Refugees, is due to be completed by April 2016. Until that time, Tony is limiting his other commitments, though he is, for example, planning to offer a paper on the subject of border crossings (both geographical and psychological) for the March 2017 conference of the Gesellschaft für Exilforschung.
AJR Journal Articles
Tony’s monthly articles for the monthly journal of the Association of Jewish Refugees, AJR Journal, are all accessible on the AJR’s website, www.ajr.org.uk, click on ‘Journal Archive’. In April 2014, Tony published his one hundredth consecutive monthly article, since taking over as Editor of the journal in January 2006. Recent articles have covered subjects such as the controversy about Ralph Miliband in historical perspective, the reception of the Jewish refugees from Nazism in Manchester, and a defence of the refugees’ benefactor Otto Schiff against an attack in the Jewish Chronicle. Forthcoming articles will focus on MI5 and the Jewish refugees, 1933-1950, and, in August 2014, on World War I and the Jews.