Book Talk: Goodbye Berlin

The Wiener Library
29 Russell Square
Event time
6:30pm - 8pm
18 Oct 2017
Next event: 18 Oct 2017

24 March 1939 was a poignant day for twelve-year-old Gerald Wiener. He was on a train pulling out of Berlin and he was on his way to the UK to escape persecution in Nazi Germany. He was one of the thousands of unaccompanied children saved by the Kindertransport. Looked after by two sisters in Oxford, his abilities as a scholar became apparent, and from an early age, he was set on the road to academic achievement.

In Goodbye Berlin, Margaret M. Dunlop traces the life of her husband, Gerald Wiener, and explores how one man’s life and achievements mirror the great events of the second half of the twentieth century and the opening years of the new millennium.

The evening will feature words from author Margaret M. Dunlop, and Gerald Wiener will reflect upon his experiences as a refugee.


Admission is free but registration via The Wiener Library is essential


  • An accessible toilet is available in the basement and can be reached via the lift.
  • For visitors with hearing impairment, an induction loop in the exhibition area and the Wolfson Reading Room is compatible with T-coil equipped hearing aids.
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