The Contribution of Jewish refugees to the production of official film

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Talk by Dr Toby Haggith, The Contribution of Jewish refugees to the production of official film in Britain during the Second World War

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Among the thousands of Jewish refugees who escaped to Britain were a number of actors, writers, composers and film technicians whose talents were utilised in the production of official film.

Drawing on examples from the archive of the Imperial War Museum, Dr Toby Haggith will screen and discuss the work of these people who made an important contribution to the Allied war effort and, more broadly, British cinema.

In partnership with the Imperial War Museum and the Association of Jewish Refugees.

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£6, full price, £5 concessions

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307 Foster Court, University College, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT. Directions.

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The speaker, Dr Toby Haggith:

Dr Haggith is an historian who joined IWM’s Film Department in 1988. In 2000 he became Head of non-commercial access to the film and video collection and responsible for devising the daily Public Film Show programme. He is now a Senior Curator in the Department of Second World War and Mid-Twentieth Century Conflict and and champion for IWM’s Short Film Festival, which he set it up in 2001. He has a PhD in Social History from the University of Warwick and has published various essays on film and history. He is the co-editor, with Joanna Newman, of Holocaust and the Moving Image: Representations in Film and Television Since 1933 (Wallflower Press, 2005). In 2007 he was a visiting Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra and between 2010 and 2012, with David Walsh he led the project to restore the film The Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the Tanks (1917). In 2008, he began a project to restore the Allied concentration camp documentary, German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, premiered at the Berlin Berlinale in 2014. In 2015 Toby and his team at IWM were awarded a special award by FOCAL for their work on this film. More recently he has overseen the publication of a Blu-ray/DVD of German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, which won the Best Special Feature category at the 2018 Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards, and a Blu-ray/DVD of The Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the Tanks. From June 2016-July 2017, as part of the IWM’s Centenary programme for the Great War, Toby introduced 27 public screenings of Battle of the Somme (2017).

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Above, Former Dachau prisoners Bobbie Spooner (left) and Dr Baer, now members of the Pioneer Corps, describe the torture which Bobbie was subjected to and which ended his boxing career. Still from Lift Your Head Comrade (1942), scripted by Arthur Koestler. ©Imperial War Museums (FLM 1354).

Below, Dr Toby Haggith

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WC1E 6BT

United Kingdom

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