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Holocaust memorial day 2019

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, G.02, Clerici, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


In recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day, Brookes Union, Oxford Brookes Jewish Society and Department of History, Philosophy and Culture welcome Holocaust Survivor John Fieldsend.

Born in 1931 in Czechoslovakia in a typical liberal Jewish family, John lived both in Czechoslovakia and Germany. All was well until the mid-thirties when the Nazi anti-semitic programme was beginning to bite.

He came to England in 1939 with the Kindertransport through the work of Nicholas Winton, and was fostered into an English family. His parents and most of his family died in Auschwitz and other camps.

Mr. Fieldsend speaks regularly at The Holocaust Centre Beth Shalom in Nottinghamshire, and in schools for the Holocaust Education Trust and with other agencies. He has also spoken for the Aegis Trust on their Equality and Diversity programme, and has degrees in Electrical Engineering from Nottingham University and in Theology from London University.