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By Sally Crawford,Katharina Ulmschneider,Jas' Elsner

within the beginning many years of the 20th century, Germany used to be on the leading edge of arts and arts scholarship throughout Europe. despite the fact that, whilst lots of its key thinkers - leaders of their fields in classics, philosophy, archaeology, paintings heritage, and oriental reviews - have been pressured to escape to England following the increase of the Nazi regime, Germany's loss turned Oxford's gain.

From the mid-1930s onwards, Oxford may properly be defined as an 'ark of data' of western civilization: a spot the place rules approximately artwork, tradition, and heritage might be rescued, built, and disseminated freely. The city's historical past as a spot of safe haven for scientists who have been sufferers of Nazi oppression is through now accepted, however the tale of its position as a sanctuary for cultural historical past, although no less significant, has got less attention.

In this quantity, the impression of Oxford as a defend, a gathering element, and a centre of inspiration within the arts and arts in particular is addressed, via taking a look either at those that sought safe haven there and stayed, and people whose lives intersected with Oxford at the most important moments ahead of and through the struggle. even though no longer each nice refugee might be mentioned intimately during this quantity, this examine deals an advent to the original conjunction of position, humans, and time that formed Western intellectual
history, exploring how the assembly of minds enabled through libraries, publishing homes, and the collage allowed Oxford's refugee students to have a profound and lasting impression at the improvement of British tradition. Drawing on oral histories, formerly unpublished letters, and files, it illuminates
and interweaves either own and worldwide histories to illustrate how, for a brief interval throughout the warfare, Oxford introduced jointly the various maximum minds of the age to turn into the custodians of an excellent eu civilization.

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