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On 24 March 1939, twelve-year-old Gerald Wiener waved goodbye to his family in Berlin as he set off for a new life in the UK. As one of the children saved by the Kindertransport – the British effort which rescued thousands of Jewish children in 1938 and 1939 – he was spared the awful fate that so many in Hitler’s Germany were to suffer, members of his own family included.
Looked after in Oxford by two cousins of the famous Spooner family, his abilities as a scholar became apparent, and from an early age he was set on the road to academic achievement. He enjoyed a distinguished career as an animal geneticist in Edinburgh.
His research department was world renowned, and after his retirement his former
colleagues made the astonishing breakthrough which led to the cloning of Dolly the sheep. During his career he was much in demand to assist agricultural development in Africa, China, India, North Korea and many other countries. It was while he was on a postdoctoral fellowship in the USA that he discovered he had a large family in California who had escaped Nazi Germany via Japanese occupied Shanghai.
Their stories, and that of Gerald himself, are amazing tales of resilience and triumph over adversity.
This book shows how one man’s life and achievements mirror the great events of the second half of the twentieth century and the opening years of the third millennium.
The book will be available on 22nd September 2016 and we will publish details on this website.