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Part of the Berlin/London: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon Event Series.

Daria Santini will discuss her newly published book, The Exiles: Actors, Artists and Writers Who Fled the Nazis for London, which explores a phase in the history of Anglo-German relations during which the émigrés from Hitler’s Germany were making their influence felt in Britain.

London, 1934. Austrian actress Elisabeth Bergner dominated the British theatre scene, poet and director Berthold Viertel shot two successful films for Gaumont British; two great actors from the Weimar era, Conrad Veidt and Fritz Kortner, became well-known faces in English-speaking cinema and the Hungarian journalist Stefan Lorant launched the first ever continental-style illustrated magazine for the British newspaper market.

‘Vivid studies of a remarkable group of people who fled from Nazism, giving new perspectives on London in the 1930s through their eyes and reminding us of their exceptional, lasting, contributions to British culture.’

Pat Thane, Research Professor in Contemporary British History, Kings College London.

‘What an ingenious idea to take the chronology of one year (1934) to show the arrival of Exiles from Nazi Germany and unfold what will remain a cornerstone of a future cultural history of German emigration in the 1930s. Daria Santini’s investigations into the calamities of exile make indispensable and compelling reading.'

Professor Rüdiger Görner, Director of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, Queen Mary University of London.

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Daria Santini was born in Rome and studied in Italy and Germany. In 1992 she moved to London, where she still lives. She was Lecturer in German Language and Literature at the University of Oxford for fifteen years until 2010. Between 2000 and 2002 she was Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in German Literature at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich. Since leaving academia, Daria has worked as an independent scholar and writer. Her specialist fields are 18th, 19th and 20th century literary studies as well as cultural history & biography.

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