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


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

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 Islington Stories

Fri, 15:29

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn today said Jamal Mahmoud’s killing at Pentonville Prison is a “tragic warning lesson” – and criticised government “under-funding” of the Caledonian Road jail.

Fri, 15:02

Police swarmed Holloway Road this afternoon as a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of terror offences.

Fri, 15:00

Ken Loach’s new Cannes favourite tells the story of a man trapped in a system that refuses to serve him

Fri, 12:30

Archeologists have incredibly discovered remains of up to 2,000 people dating back to the 16th century at a Finsbury building site, the Gazette can today reveal.

Fri, 07:30

Unbeaten Archway light-middleweight Tony Milch intends to demonstrate his championship credentials when he returns to the ring at York Hall next month.

Fri, 07:15

On paper at least, the Gunners face a fairly straightforward contest against a misfiring Middlesbrough side at the Emirates on Saturday. Indeed, William Hill’s 12/1 odds, posted in favour of an away win, provide a clear indication of the strength of Arsenal’s favouritism.

Fri, 07:00

Islington legend Joe Orton had a younger sister, Leonie. As she releases a memoir dealing with their relationship she opens up to Nick Tyrrell

Thu, 18:07

What would you do if you found out your dad had written an erotic novel? Disown him? Barricade yourself in your flat? Or read it aloud on a weekly podcast to millions of people?

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read


Show Job Lists


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now