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Friends and Enemies: The Free German League of Culture and the British by P...
Thu 18 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
The Free German League of Culture was founded in Hampstead in December 1938 by German refugees from Hitler with the aim of preserving and advancing Free German Culture at a time when culture was being suppressed in Germany itself. Throughout its eight-year existence, the League enjoyed the backing of numerous distinguished British supporters from all walks of life whose support was crucial in legitimising its existence. Although it was founded as a non-party political organisation, the Communist faction among the refugees came to play an increasingly important role in League activities. This attracted the attention of the British intelligence organisations, MI5 and Special Branch which kept a watchful and suspicious eye on the League until its closure in 1946.
Professor Charmian Brinson is Emeritus Professor of German at Imperial College London and a founder member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies (University of London). She has published extensively in the field of German-speaking refugees in Britain, 1933-1945, her chief research interests being political exile and women in exile.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
By rail: Underground stations St Johns Wood, Swiss Cottage, Finchley Road and Maida Vale are 10 minutes’ walk away; West Hampstead and Kilburn High Road London Overground stations are also within easy walking distance.
By bus: Buses 189 and 139 stop at the junction of Abbey Road and Boundary Road. Bus 31 Stops at the junction of Belsize Road and Abbey Road, a short walk from Boundary Road. Go to Transport for London to plan your journey by rail or bus.
Driving: There is metered car parking on Boundary Road (free at weekends) and there is also a disabled parking bay in Boundary Road.
Who can claim concessionary rates?
Students, those in receipt of state pensions, housing or council tax benefits, those on income support, those claiming jobseekers' allowance and anyone registered disabled.
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