Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day Annual Lecture

‘A Life in Science - Gifted by the Kindertransport’

Professor Robert A. Shaw grew up in inter-war Austria, an economically depressed, unstable and politically polarised country. After the Anschluss of 1938, life in Professor Shaw’s native Vienna became increasingly difficult for the Jewish community, and in 1939 his mother found a place for him on a Kindertransport to England.

In his lecture, Professor Shaw will talk about his childhood in Austria as an enthusiastic boy scout, his experiences as a refugee, as farmyard boy in Suffolk, errand boy in London during the Blitz, followed by volunteering for the British Army. He served in India and South East Asia Command (SEAC) and studying in the jungles for his London

Matriculation to enable him to enter university. His life, almost certainly saved by the Kindertransport (he arrived less than two months before the outbreak of the war). His hard work and determination have allowed him to become a well-known scientist. The combination of science with an abiding interest in history has initiated invitations from all over the world to lecture about his research.

Thursday 29 January 2015 5:00pm-6:30pm
Chaired by MP Ian Austin
Followed by Q & A

MC001, Millennium City Building,
Faculty of Social Sciences,
University of Wolverhampton,
Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY

To book your free place on this insightful talk: Please email: J.Barnett@wlv.ac.uk

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