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"The Kindness of Strangers": Hitler, Beveridge and the origins of the Academic Assistance Council

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CLM.4.02, Clement House, United Kingdom


Professor Mick Cox

Director of LSE IDEAS


Dr Mary Martin


William Beveridge is known best for directing the LSE between 1919 and 1937 before going on to author his world important ‘Beveridge Plan’ in 1942.

But Beveridge also played a key, and perhaps lesser known role, in helping save a very large number of academics who were being forced to flee the Nazi regime in Germany. This happened almost by chance following a trip he made to Austria in April 1933 where he discovered what was happening under Hitler. But what motivated him to establish The Academic Assistance Council? What role did the LSE play in this? And how did the original Council continue its work?

Professor Michael Cox was appointed to a Chair at the LSE in 2002, having previously held positions in the UK at The Queen's University of Belfast and the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth. He helped establish the Cold War Studies Centre at the LSE in 2004 and later co-founded LSE IDEAS in 2008.

Professor Cox has lectured to universities world-wide as well as to several government bodies and many private companies. He has also served as Chair of the United States Discussion Group at Chatham House, as Senior Fellow at the Nobel Institute in Oslo; as Visiting Professor at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, Australia, and as Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research. 

The British Library of Political and Economic Science (@LSELibrary) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

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