By Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, Jaś Elsner

'Ark of Civilization' addresses Oxford's position as a take care of, a gathering aspect, and a centre of concept within the arts and arts in the course of WWII, interweaving own and worldwide histories to discover how refugee students had a profound and lasting impression at the improvement of British culture.


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W. and Cornell, T. J. (eds) (1994). A. D. Momigliano: Studies on Modern Scholarship. Berkeley, CA, and London: University of California Press. 18 Quoted from correspondence with kind permission of M. Kauffmann. Oxford’s Ark 21 Chambers, M. (1990). ‘The Genesis of Jacoby’s Atthis’, in E. M. ), Owls to Athens: Essays on Classical Subjects Presented to Sir Kenneth Dover. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 381–90. Cooper, R. M. ) (1992). ‘Jacobsthal, P. (1940). “The Long Vac 1940” ’, in Refugee Scholars: Conversations with Tess Simpson.

Jacobsthal’s and Kiewe’s biographies, for different reasons, are a reminder that refugee histories need revising and reassessing—by looking across the group of refugees and seeing how their chronologies, geographies, and networks interrelate, a more nuanced version of the story of refugees at Oxford can be built. Kiewe’s final publication, Civilisation on Loan, drew connections between the art of East and West: the bibliography inevitably includes the work of fellow refugee William Cohn, who had been Curator of the Museum of Eastern Art.

20 The exceptional efforts of the British Academic Assistance Council (AAC) and its successor, the SPSL, in aid of refugee scholars, have been well studied,21 not least in discussions in this volume. The Society brought many scholars to the United Kingdom—some of them effectively en route elsewhere (often via Oxford, as in the case of such luminaries as the philosopher Ernst Cassirer (Whitaker, Chapter 21, this volume) or the historian Ernst Kantorowicz). One of the strengths of the chapters collected here is to sketch a disparate variety of experiences, from distinguished professorial refugees making a new life (some of them close to retirement age) to schoolboys with distinguished careers ahead of them, such as Karl Leyser (Leyser, Chapter 14, this volume) or Brian Shefton (Gill, Chapter 8, this volume).

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