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Oral history interview with Dorothy Howell-Thomas

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0052 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0456

Dorothy Howell-Thomas, born in 1913, discusses her father's job with the Eastern Telegraph Company; moving to different countries in Europe and Africa during her childhood; attending high school in Paris, France and moving to England after graduation to live with family friends; becoming a secretary in Chichester, England in 1934; the connections between Dean A.S. Duncan-Jones, Bishop George Bell had, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the German Confessional Church (Bekennende Kirche); Duncan-Jones' strong anti-appeasement stance before World War II; Duncan-Jones and Bell opening their homes to German Jewish refugees in England; the relationship between her Christian faith and her desire to help the oppressed and suffering; moving to London, England in 1936 to be an administrator in a Christian organization; the involvement of many English Christians in the Communist movement; Oswald Mosley and the activities of the British Union of Fascists in England; English opposition to fascism; becoming secretary to the Archbishop of York, William Temple, in 1938 and seeing him become the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1942; Bishop Bell and Archbishop Temple uniting to advocate for and help refugees held as enemy aliens at the internment camp on the Isle of Man; the founding of the Council of Christians and Jews by Chief Rabbi Hertz and Archbishop Temple in 1942; the British government's scrutiny of the Anglican church’s help of Jewish refugees; Archbishop Temple calling on the government to do more to alleviate the suffering of Jews in Europe; and the progress of Jewish-Christian relations today.

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Dorothy Howell-Thomas
Peggy Obrecht
interview:  1998 March 31
Oral histories.
2 sound cassettes (74 min.).