In 2013, faculty, curators and students interviewed current and Emeriti UC Berkeley faculty, and researched the University Archives of The Bancroft Library. This work unearthed hundreds of historical documents about the lives of a group of intellectuals who came to Berkeley as refugees from European fascism. Some of them became world-renowned leaders in all fields of scholarship, and they contributed much to the academic life in Berkeley.
This exhibition highlights the history of this important intellectual migration through biographical sketches, a film, and over one hundred documents from the University Archives, The Bancroft Library, and the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at UC Berkeley. The letters, photographs, travel documents, and professional records on show document the situation in Fascist Europe, immigration and refugee life, the arrival to Berkeley, and the life on Campus from 1933 until the end of the Second World War.
(Picture: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of Berkeley)