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11 August 2011
Times Higher Education Supplement
Neither Here nor There by Matthew Reisz

An outsider's perspective can spark innovation, but many refugee academics struggle to rekindle careers.

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01 May 2011
In Touch
CARA, the UK academic community supporting persecuted academics by Kate Robertson

As a UK academic, you would probably find it inconceivable that your career could have lead to your persecution, imprisonment, torture or execution.  See pp. 10-11.

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04 November 2010
Nature: Vol 468, Issue 7320
Support refugee scientists

The cause of displaced scholars provides a much-needed reminder that intellectual freedom must not be taken for granted. Groups that help them need greater support themselves.

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16 October 2010
Guardian
Letters: Nobel Immigrants by Anne Lonsdale, Council for Assisting Refugee Academics

It is a wonderful vindication of the tradition of academic hospitality in Britain that three out of the four Nobel prizes associated with the UK this year went to academic immigrants (Education, 12 October). They join the many others welcomed who went on to become Nobel winners. CARA has since the 1930s supported 18 who fled from fascism and later attained this distinction. What a magnificent return for Britain's welcome!

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06 July 2009
Birkeck Magazine
Freedom of Thought by Laura Wintour

The debt of gratitude Britain owes to various people and organisations, particularly the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA), for enabling Nikolaus Pevsner to continue his career in Britain, subsequently changing Britain’s attitude to the importance of the built environment and the relationship between architecture, design and daily life. See page 20:

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30 June 2009
OXFORD TODAY
A refuge for the persecuted, release for the fettered mind by Georgina Ferry

Seventy years ago, on 5 February 1939, the great and the good of Oxford poured into the Sheldonian to hear distinguished speakers address 'The Problem of the Refugee Scholar'. The aim was to persuade the University and its colleges to open their hearts ­ and their pockets ­ to academics from countries where fascism had deprived them of their livelihood and of the opportunity to teach and research.

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04 June 2009
Times Higher Education
Asylum and the academy by Margot Finn

Published to mark the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (Cara), Jeremy Seabrook's The Refuge and the Fortress surveys the UK's role as a place of asylum since the 1930s and provides a probing analysis of the challenges faced by scholarly refugees in the globalised 21st century.

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15 March 2009
The Sunday Times
Relative Values: Ben Elton and his father by Caroline Scott

I once read an article in which a psychoanalyst claimed I must be in denial about the kind of hothouse environment I grew up in, simply because my father is a Jewish refugee professor

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02 March 2009
The Telegraph
Help unlock the secrets of a science soirée by Kate Devlin

It was described as the "most dramatic assemblage of brains ever held under one roof" when, in February 1939, some of Europe's most brilliant scientists who had fled the Nazi threat joined with hundreds of their British colleagues at a party to raise money for the refugees.

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09 February 2009
Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR)
The rescue of refugee scholars by Anthony Grenville

Seventy-five years ago, in 1933, the Academic Assistance Council, known from 1936 as the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, was founded. The AAC/SPSL was a remarkable body that played a unique part in the rescue of scholars and scientists, mostly Jewish, who had been dismissed by the Nazis from their posts at German and Austrian universities and whose livelihoods, and lives, were endangered.

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29 January 2009
Camden New Journal
To a place of greater safety by Illtyd Harrington

NO one in 1935, crossing the busy Southampton Street, took much notice of the young German Jew who seemed fascinated by the colour sequences of the traffic lights. A few years later that man, Leo Szilard, before leaving to take part in the Manhattan Project and helping to make the atomic bomb, told a friend in London he had calculated that there would be a chain reaction to that terrible explosion. This was a more than accurate conclusion after watching the traffic lights.

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15 January 2009
Institute of Race Relations
British handcuffs, the handcuffs of freedom by Jeremy Seabrook

Laurent Mpinde, who was studying sports science in Brazzaville and teaching in schools and colleges, was interviewed for The Refuge and the Fortress: Britain and the Flight from Tyranny commissioned by CARA.

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13 December 2008
The Guardian
REVIEW: The Refuge and the Fortress by John Dugdale

As Jon Snow's foreword notes, exiled professors have given Britain a "vast pool of intellectual capacity", and the first wave of those aided by what is now called the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (Cara) were a starry bunch, including scientists Max Born, Ernst Chain, Hans Krebs, Max Perutz and Leó Szilárd, architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner and art historian Ernst Gombrich.

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11 December 2008
Times Higher Education
Bittersweet birthday cheer by Sir John Ashworth

John Ashworth wonders whether Cara's 75th anniversary is really a cause for celebration or a reason for reflection

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11 December 2008
Mature Times
'The Refuge and the Fortress - Britain and the flight from tyranny.' by Jayne Warren

'The Refuge and the Fortress' by Jeremy Seabrook describes the profound and measurable contribution to the life of Britain that refugees have made ever since Hitler forced Jewish academics out of German universities within weeks of coming to power in 1933.

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02 December 2008
The Independent
A gut-wrenching view of the changing face of refugee Britain by Julia Pascal

This well-researched book marks the 75th anniversary of the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (Cara). It charts British reactions to refugees, from 1915, when passports were required, to the present. While the emphasis is on fugitive scholars, a broader insight is given into those seeking asylum here.

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02 December 2008
University of Cambridge
The Refuge and the Fortress

A launch of The Refuge and the Fortress at St Catharine’s College last Friday 28 November.

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02 December 2008
BookBag
The Refuge and the Fortress: Britain and the Flight From Tyranny

It's the sort of book that should find itself on citizenship reading lists in schools and colleges up and down the land. And perhaps more importantly, also on the desks of newspaper editors and opinion-formers everywhere.

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27 November 2008
Institute of Race Relations
Refuge and fortress: a tale of two cultures by Jeremy Seabrook

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26 November 2008
The Times
They escaped the knock at the door and went on to win Nobel prizes by Jon Snow

An extraordinary group of refugees has deepened Britain's pool of intellectual talent. Their contribution deserves to be celebrated

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03 March 2008
BBC Learning Curve

In CARA's 75th anniversary year, Libby Purvis talks to Sir John Ashworth, CARA President, about its current work and Anna McNamee speaks to the oldest surviving direct beneficiary of CARA's work, Lewis Elton, whose father was a Professor in Prague in 1939; to Richard Gombrich, son of the renowned Austrian-British art historian Ernst Gombrich; and to a former Libyan lecturer who was arrested after she publicly criticised Ghadaffi.  Second item - 19 minutes in.

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29 January 2008
The Guardian
Rescuing Academic Refugees

A British organisation is celebrating 75 years of helping lecturers abused by repressive regimes.

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12 December 2007
Swedish Association of University Teachers
SULF-pristagaren: CARA stöder akademiker som flytt från förtryck

Vi blev oerhört glada över SULF-priset. Vi hoppas att det ska leda till att vårt arbete uppmärksammas i Sverige. CARA behöver stöd från svenska akademiker och akademiska institutioner i arbetet att hjälpa hotade och förföljda akademiker runt om i världen. Det säger professor John Akker som är generalsekreterare för CARA, 'Council for Assisting Refugee Academics', årets mottagare av SULF-priset för främjande av akademisk frihet.

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12 December 2006
Guardian
Professors in penury by Francis Beckett

Academics are being forced to flee certain death in Iraq - but face a very uncertain life in the UK.

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14 October 2006
Guardian Unlimited - letter
Letter to the editor by John Akker

We believe those in European and America universities should be doing much more to help their fellow academics in Iraq. Through our recently created Cara/Scholars at Risk UK Universities Network, we will be doing just this. We urgently need help and support to ensure that these university staff are assisted in their hour of need, just as in the 20th century with academics from Germany, Hungary, South Africa and Chile.
Professor John Akker
Executive secretary, Council for Assisting Refugee Academics

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26 September 2006
Guardian
Academic asylum by Natasha Gilbert

The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (Cara) has been helping academic refugees to rebuild their careers in the UK since 1933, when it was launched to aid scholars fleeing fascism in Europe. In recent years, Cara has seen a surge in demand for help, notably from refugees fleeing Iraq, where over 350 academics were killed last year.

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21 March 2006
Guardian
Welcome players by Donald McLeod

A long, painful journey brought Nahro Zagros from classically trained violinist and lecturer in Saddam Hussein's Iraq to playing gigs in Hull with a band called Yorkshire Kurd.  Soon he is off on another journey to Armenia to study the music and culture of the semi-nomadic Yezidis. For, with help from the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (Cara), Zagros is doing a masters degree in ethnomusicology at York University, researching how music can display cultural identity.

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09 October 2001
Guardian
How we survived by Donald McLeod

Last week Professor Lalzad and his family were finally reunited after three bitter years, thanks to the efforts of the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics, a body that was originally founded to help Jewish academics and other victims of the Nazi purges of universities.

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