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Alfred Neumann and the Belfast Jewish Refugee Committee

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To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Dr Pamela Aveyard will give a lecture on the work of Alfred Neumann and the Belfast Jewish Refugee Committee

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No individual single-handedly arranged for the transfer of as many Jewish refugees into Northern Ireland during the Second World War as Alfred Neumann, yet the Viennese businessman’s efforts are virtually unknown. As part of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland’s Holocaust Memorial Day events, Dr Pamela Aveyard will examine the work of the Belfast Jewish Refugee Committee and the independent efforts of Alfred Neumann to rescue Jews from the horrors of Nazi-controlled Europe. Through an examination of the creation of new welfare bodies and refugee testimony, this talk will consider how Jews in Northern Ireland used the New Industries Development Act to secure a safe passage for refugees to Belfast and its environs, and the challenges confronted by Jewish leaders and philanthropists faced with an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

Dr Pamela Aveyard completed her PhD thesis, entitled ‘Jewish identity and community in Belfast, 1920-48’, at Queen’s University Belfast. She has worked across the museum and heritage sector, most recently holding the post of First World War Centenary Programme and Partnerships Officer at the Imperial War Museums London and is currently turning her thesis into a monograph.

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