By Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, Jaś Elsner
'Ark of Civilization' addresses Oxford's function as a shield, a gathering element, and a centre of suggestion within the arts and arts in the middle of WWII, interweaving own and international histories to discover how refugee students had a profound and lasting impression at the improvement of British culture.
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For his diaries and papers on the Jewish question 1935–45, see Breitman, Stewart, and Hochberg (2009). 19 Bentwich (1936: 227). Pfeiffer, Fraenkel, and Refugee Scholarship 29 on the essential elements of the task with which the Council of the League has entrusted him. When domestic policies threaten the demoralization and exile of hundreds of thousands of human beings, conditions of diplomatic convention must yield to those of common humanity . . 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.
Like Cohn, Egon Wellesz, the subject of Bojan Bujić’s chapter, Chapter 19, was instrumental in laying the foundations of a new academic discipline at the university. For Wellesz, the transition from Vienna to Oxford was by no means easy. His unhappiness was compounded by internment, and exacerbated by his continental approach to teaching music, which differed markedly from that of his English colleagues. A contrast between educational styles, and the resulting tensions, are a constant theme in the lives of academic refugees— Jacob Leib Teicher’s verdict that England was ‘a damnably difﬁcult terrain’ could have come from the mouths of every one of the refugees mentioned in this volume.
For discussion of this, focusing on the works of Werner Jaeger, Henri Marrou, and Pfeiffer, see Elsner (2013: 136–52). g. Butler (1935); Marchand (1996); Güthenke (2008). 33 Aristarchus ‘escaped to Cyprus [ . . and] died shortly afterwards’. Aristarchus’ best pupils, and many other scholars of the younger generation, ﬂed to various places not under Egyptian rule: Rhodes, Pergamum, Athens. ‘From this secessio doctorum, the ﬁrst crisis ensued in the history of scholarship. That the chief librarianship fell to an obscure military ofﬁcer, called Cydas .