Search

Islington refugee who fled Nazis celebrated in portrait

15:00 22 June 2014

Victor de Waal by Bill Knight

Victor de Waal by Bill Knight

Archant

Islington refugee worker Victor de Waal has become the subject of a portrait featured in a photo exhibition celebrating those who have fled persecution.

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

Mr de Waal, who escaped Nazi Germany and came to the UK with his family in 1939, appears alongside 39 other photographs highlighting the contributions refugees have made to the UK.

After arriving in the UK, Mr de Waal went to Cambridge University and in 1976 became Dean of Canterbury Cathedral. Today he works at the Islington Refugee Centre in Cross Street.

He said: “Thankfully, few people in the UK would have thought of turning their back on those of us escaping the horrors of Nazi rule many years ago.

“It’s equally important today that we continue to keep up the great British tradition of continuing to offer protection to those in need.

“Atrocities may not be happening as close to home as they were over 70 years ago, but that is not to say they are no longer happening.” Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, who came to the UK from Uganda in 1972, and Sri Lankan refugee Paul Sathianesan, now a Newham councillor, also feature in the exhibition at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.

Refugee Council chief executive Maurice Wren said everyone photographed for the exhibition had “benefited from Britain’s long and proud tradition of providing protection to refugees”.

n The exhibition, marking Refugee Week, runs until Friday and admission is free.

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 17:13
Islington's mayor Cllr Theresa Debono turns on the Highbury Christmas lights with Cllr Caroline Russell Pic: Dieter Perry

Dozens of people braved the chilly weather to see the Christmas lights switched on in Highbury Barn.

Yesterday, 13:04
Christmas jumpers on display at the winter wonderland extravaganza

More than 300 people enjoyed lights decorations, music food and even snow at a special Winter Wonderland.

Yesterday, 12:30
Police officers and council members collect all presents from the Christmas tree project at Islington Town Hall

Generous Islington residents splashed their hard earned cash to buy more than 230 gifts for children who might not otherwise get a present this Christmas.

Most read

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Twinkle, twinkle you little stars – thanks for making your homes so festive.

Offers for university places are at a record high.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition