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Jurists UprootedGerman-Speaking Emigré Lawyers in Twentieth Century Britain$
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Jack Beatson and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270583.001.0001

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German Refugees in Oxford—Some Personal Recollections

German Refugees in Oxford—Some Personal Recollections

(p.743) German Refugees in Oxford—Some Personal Recollections
Jurists Uprooted

Barry Nicholas

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the author's personal recollections of German refugees in Oxford, England. He came to Oxford as a student in 1937, his subject of study being Greek and Latin Languages and Literature. He was well aware of the problem of the German refugees, but as a student he had little opportunity for personal contact with those of them who were in Oxford. Among the scholars whose lectures he attended, however, two or three stood out, and one of them was Eduard Fränkel. Among the earliest refugees to find a place in Oxford after 1933 were physicists. Oxford at that time did not have a strong physics faculty. The leading professor was F. A. Lindemann, who was himself by origin from Berlin and had well-established contacts in scientific circles in Germany. Refugee lawyers who were most successfully acclimatised were the few who were young enough and flexible enough to re-equip themselves as English lawyers, notably Otto Kahn-Freund and Francis A. Mann. Other émigré lawyers who had found refuge in Oxford were Martin Wolff, Fritz Heinrich Schulz, and Fritz Robert Pringsheim.

Keywords:   refugees, Germany, émigré lawyers, Martin Wolff, Fritz Heinrich Schulz, Fritz Robert Pringsheim, David Daube, Otto Kahn-Freund, Francis A. Mann

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