22 October, 2020, 7:30 pm

Europeans in Britain in World War II

Wendy Webster, Professor of Cultural History, University of Huddersfield

This lecture is free and if you would like to attend, please register a place via Eventbrite, by clicking here.


In 1943, the Czech film director Jiri Weiss wore a kilt when he was in the Highlands of Scotland making a film about Norway. In 1944, the only RAF men who were part of the ‘Great Escape’ and got back to Britain successfully were Dutch and Norwegian.


These were among the wide range of film actors, broadcasters, refugees, exiles, troops and war workers from the continent who were in Britain during the Second World War. What were some of their experiences of Britain? How did the British respond to them? How have they been remembered?


Wendy Webster’s latest book—Mixing It—is on the diversity of the population in Britain during the Second World War (the paperback edition is due out at the end of October). She is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Huddersfield.


If you have any questions please contact:-
Dr J E Lydon: Secretary, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, j.e.lydon@leeds.ac.uk Tel: 0113-278-5596 (evenings)


We look forward to seeing you!