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By Sally Crawford,Katharina Ulmschneider,Jas' Elsner

within the beginning many years of the 20 th century, Germany used to be on the innovative of arts and arts scholarship throughout Europe. despite the fact that, whilst a lot of its key thinkers - leaders of their fields in classics, philosophy, archaeology, paintings historical past, and oriental reports - have been pressured to escape to England following the increase of the Nazi regime, Germany's loss grew to become Oxford's gain.

From the mid-1930s onwards, Oxford may possibly competently be defined as an 'ark of information' of western civilization: a spot the place rules approximately paintings, tradition, and background should be rescued, built, and disseminated freely. The city's heritage as a spot of safe haven for scientists who have been sufferers of Nazi oppression is by way of now known, however the tale of its position as a sanctuary for cultural historical past, although no less significant, has bought less attention.

In this quantity, the impression of Oxford as a defend, a gathering element, and a centre of suggestion within the arts and arts in particular is addressed, by means of taking a look either at those that sought shelter there and stayed, and people whose lives intersected with Oxford at an important moments prior to and through the warfare. even supposing now not each nice refugee could be mentioned intimately during this quantity, this learn bargains an creation to the original conjunction of position, humans, and time that formed Western intellectual
history, exploring how the assembly of minds enabled via libraries, publishing homes, and the collage allowed Oxford's refugee students to have a profound and lasting effect at the improvement of British tradition. Drawing on oral histories, formerly unpublished letters, and documents, it illuminates
and interweaves either own and international histories to illustrate how, for a quick interval in the course of the struggle, Oxford introduced jointly a few of the maximum minds of the age to turn into the custodians of an exceptional ecu civilization.

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