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Safe Haven: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and the WWII Immigrants That Helped Shape It
September 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Presented by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Talk by Prof. Gisela Holfter, Associate Professor in German at the University of Limerick, Director of the Centre for Irish German Studies, and author of An Irish Sanctuary: German-speaking Refugees in Ireland 1933-1945.
Immigrants and refugees coming to Ireland are not – or not only – a recent phenomenon, though very often there is no awareness who came and had an impact before the 21 st century.
This talk will focus on German-speaking refugees who came to Ireland to escape Hitler and specifically the academics among them. Several of them helped to shape the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. What were their backgrounds, how did they come to Dublin and what did they contribute?
Building on research that led to the publication of An Irish Sanctuary: German-speaking Refugees in Ireland 1933-1945 (Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2017, paperback 2018) these questions will be answered and contextualised.