Quaker Service: The Friends Relief Service in post-war Europe, free public lecture

Lecture by Dr Jenny Carson (University of Manchester) on Friday 16 November 2012, 1.00pm  at the Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP

The lecture will explore the work of the FRS (the then relief assistance branch of the Religious Society of Friends) with displaced persons in Germany after 1945. Though the FRS was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947, knowledge of their work is surprisingly limited, even among Quakers. This discussion of Quaker relief efforts prior to the Second World War will highlight the precedents drawn on by the FRS; the ability to draw on this expertise provided FRS workers with an understanding of the emotional and physical demands of relief work (lacking in other organisations) and instilled progressive ‘humanitarian’ working practices.

The talk will be accompanied by part of the ‘Quaker Service’ exhibition, which was created to support the inauguration of a Quaker service memorial and will open next year in the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The exhibition presents the work of the Friends Ambulance Unit and Friends Relief Service, which offered forms of humanitarian service to conscientious objectors during the Second World War.

For more information and to book a place click on the Wiener Library website. You will need to scroll down the page to find the event.

 

 

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