Talk: The Jew as an Outsider?
7 December 2019
Who were the real outsiders? with David Herman
Jewish refugee artists, writers and thinkers had a huge impact on post-war Britain. Some fitted in quickly and became insiders: Nobel Prize winning scientists like Ernst Chain and Max Born, filmmakers like Alexander Korda and Emeric Pressburger, writers like Arthur Koestler and thinkers like Isaiah Berlin and Karl Popper. But others remained outsiders, many for the rest of their lives: Expressionist artists, Yiddish poets, Marxists, maverick historians like Norbert Elias, those who couldn’t learn English like the theatre critic Alfred Kerr. Why did some fit in, while others couldn’t? Who were the real outsiders?
At Rabbi Wittenberg’s home