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Journeys to Freedom

Rosie Whitehouse, Joanna Newman & Julia Neuberger

Jewish Book Week 2021

Joanna Newman speaker
Rosie Whitehouse speaker
Julia Neuberger chair

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Two highly respected writers join Julia Neuberger to discuss the Jewish exodus from Europe before, during and after the war. In Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism 1933-1945, Association of Commonwealth Universities secretary general Joanna Newman reveals the little-known story of Jewish refugees making their way to Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. And in The People on the Beach journalist Rosie Whitehouse charts the 1946 journey of 1,000 Holocaust survivors from Eastern Europe to Israel via Germany and Italy.

Click here to purchase copies of Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933–1945 by Joanna Newman and People on the Beach: Journeys to Freedom After the Holocaust by Rosie Whitehouse from Blackwell’s.


Rosie Whitehouse is a journalist specialising in Jewish life after the Holocaust. She writes for BBC Online, the Observer, The Independent, Tablet magazine, The Jewish Chronicle, Haaretz and others. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she is an historical advisor at the Vienna-based Centropa, a Jewish history institute. / Joanna Newman is the Chief Executive and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and a Senior Research Fellow in the history department at King’s College London.

Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE is Senior Rabbi of West London Synagogue, a cross bench Peer in the House of Lords, former CEO of the King’s Fund, and a founding Trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable trust, set up in memory of her parents. She is a Trustee of the Rayne Foundation, Trustee of the Van Leer Group Foundation, Chair of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and of Independent Age. She chaired the Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients in 2013 and was also Vice Chair, Mental Health Act Independent Review 2017-2018. She is Chair of University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and will also become Chair of The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust on 1 April 2020. Her latest book on Antisemitism (Orion Books) was published in May 2019.

Journeys to Freedom

Rosie Whitehouse, Joanna Newman & Julia Neuberger

Jewish Book Week 2021

Date & start time:Fri 5 Mar – 12pm
Price:£9.50
Performers:Joanna Newman, Rabbi Julia Neuberger, Rosie Whitehouse
Genres:Jewish Book Week, Online Events, Words

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