Woburn House Conference Centre, 23rd November 2010

A Conference organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London.

This conference will discuss ideas of German-Jewish scholars and scientists who were forced to leave Germany in the 1930s and settled in the UK. The central questions are

What was the impact of the British context on these individuals?
What impact did these thinkers have on British intellectual life?
What impact did they have on German academia after World War II?

The conference is held at the Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9H.

Admission is free, but please contact the Leo Baeck Institute London (t: +44 (0)20 7580 3493 or email ) in advance to book a place.


9:30am     INTRODUCTORY WORDS – Prof. Raphael Gross (Leo Baeck Institute, London/Jewish Museum, Frankfurt)

9:40am     German Emigrée Philosophers in Great Britain – Dr Hans-Joachim Dahms (University of Vienna)

10:30am   Jacob Bernays: Non-Emigrant, German Orthodox Jew, Philologist-Philosopher, and British Academia – Prof. Ulrich Allstadt-Schmitz (Bonn)

11:20am   COFFEE BREAK

11:35am   Political Theory in Exile: Cassirer and Adorno – Dr Edward Skidelsky (University of Exeter)

12:25pm   From Ostrava and Prague to Cambridge and Bristol: Stephan Koerner and his Philosophy of Science – Prof. Helmut Pulte (Ruhr University, Bochum)

1:15pm   LUNCH

3:00pm   Leo Strauss in England – Prof. Michael Zank (University of Boston)

3:50pm   Michael Polanyi on Scientific Authority, and his Criticism of Russell and Popper – Prof. Ute Deichmann (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva/ Leo Baeck Institute, London)


4:55pm   The Cambridge Realgymnasium and the London Freischule. Historical and Philosophical Remarks on Gerd Buchdahl and Karl PopperUlrich Charpa (Leo Baeck Institute, London/ Ruhr University, Bochum)