Last Chance to Book/See

The Pilgrim’s Progress Story

Until 1 September

Martyrs’ Gallery, Star Brewery, Lewes

Martyrs’ Gallery is presenting an exhibition of words and images that depicts and celebrates Hans Feibusch’s allegorical mural Pilgrim’s Progress.

Pilgrim’s Progress was created in 1944 and uses John Bunyan’s allegorical story to tell Feibusch’s own story of escape from Nazi Germany and his arrival in 1930s England. It was painted for the crypt of St Elisabeth’s Church in Eastbourne and presented as a gift to the local community, but has been out of sight since 2002 when the church was closed. The mural will be removed this autumn prior to the building’s demolition early next year and will then be restored painstakingly by a specialist art conservator throughout 2020.

This exhibition is part of the Lewes Artwave Festival.

Weekend only: Sat 31 Aug and Sun 1 Sep, 12-5pm


Leave to Land: The Kitchener Camp Rescue 1939

Jewish Museum, London
1 September, 10am

Join us for the opening of a new mobile exhibition about the Kitchener camp rescue of Jewish refugees to Britain in 1939. In 2019, to commemorate 80 years since the rescue of their fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other relatives, the Kitchener Descendent Group has curated an exhibition about the remarkable Kitchener camp rescue.

The exhibition draws on some of the hundreds of items kindly shared by families connected with the Kitchener camp project.


Disrupted Lives; Grete Marks and Women in the Holocaust

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
5 September, 6pm

Dr. Agnes Grunwald-Spier MBE, herself a survivor of the Budapest Ghetto, brings to light ‘Women’s Experiences in the Holocaust: In Their Own Words’ in her book published in 2018. Her talk will focus on the remarkable story of ceramicist and artist Grete Marks who arrived in England in the 1930s and whose life was completely disrupted by the Nazi campaign against Degenerate Art and the Aryanisation of Jewish businesses. She will also briefly outline her own family’s experience of the Holocaust in Hungary.

Agnes came to writing about the Holocaust in her sixties and in 2018 received two Honorary Doctorates for her work.

Dancing on the Volcano? The History of ‘Weimar Culture’

The Wiener Library, London
5 September, 6.30pm

Gerty Simon was both a chronicler and a representative of ‘Weimar Culture’ – that (in)famous flowering of progressive, modernist and cutting-edge arts and sciences in 1920s Germany, with Berlin at its centre.

Dr Jochen Hung gives a critical introduction to the history of the Weimar Republic and the era that shaped Simon and her sitters. He also traces the historical development of the notion of ‘Weimar Culture’ itself and the role that émigrés like Simon played in it.


The Face of Weimar Culture

The Wiener Library, London
12 September, 6.30pm

Taking Gerty Simon’s striking image (c. 1929) of the sculptor Renée Sintenis as a starting point, this talk will explore Simon’s photographs as part of a wider culture of depicting the artistic face and body in Weimar modernity.

Focusing on images of artists, Dr Deborah Lewer will consider the critical importance of the arts – photography and other media – for an understanding of gender and the shifting politics of Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.


Insiders/Outsiders: Refugee Dancers from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British Culture

Performance Hub, Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton
14 September, 10am – 5.30pm

This one-day symposium will examine the contribution of refugee dancers and choreographers from Nazi Europe to British dance culture. It will include papers, presentations, and discussions of well-known figures such as Kurt Jooss and Sigurd Leeder, and also of those whose contributions have been forgotten or perhaps have never been highlighted from this perspective, such as Stella Mann and Helen Lewis.

Talk: On Anna Gmeyner and Elisabeth de Waal

Persephone Bookshop, London
17 September, 6pm

Dr Nadia Valman, senior lecturer in the Department of English at Queen Mary University of London, will give a talk on Anna Gmeyner and Elisabeth de Waal.

Anna Gmeyner was an exiled German/Austrian author, playwright and scriptwriter, who is now best known for her novel Manja (1939).  Manja was re-published by Persephone Books in 2003.

Elisabeth de Waal, née von Ephrussi, completed a doctorate in economics at the University of Vienna, and lived in Paris and Switzerland before settling in Tunbridge Wells in 1939. She wrote five novels, two of them published for the first time by Persephone Books. Her grandson is the ceramicist and writer Edmund de Waal.