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Jews and Other ForeignersManchester and the Rescue of the Victims of European Fascism, 1933-40$
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Bill Williams

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085499

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085499.001.0001

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‘Displaced scholars’:1 refugees at the University of Manchester

‘Displaced scholars’:1 refugees at the University of Manchester

(p.34) 3 ‘Displaced scholars’:1 refugees at the University of Manchester
Jews and Other Foreigners

Bill Williams

Manchester University Press

J'accuse gave a special place to Jewish academics, highlighting their contributions to German science and culture and depicting their harassment and dismissal as the most evident indication of Germany's return to barbarism. They were noted too as one of several ways in which Britain might benefit from German obscurantism. In assessing the response of the University of Manchester to refugee scholars, it is difficult to avoid the benefit of hindsight. From that perspective, the offer of thirty-three temporary academic posts between 1933 and 1939 seems less than generous. Manchester stood fourth to Oxford, Cambridge and the LSE, although a rather distant fourth in the case of Oxbridge, in the league of British universities which received displaced scholars. Still, there can be no doubting the gains made by Manchester's programmes of rescue for the academic and business communities of Britain, Europe, the United States and Israel.

Keywords:   Nazi regime, J'accuse, Manchester, Oxford, University of Manchester, British universities

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