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Book Talk: Goodbye Berlin

Margaret M. Dunlop and Gerald Wiener

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm

This book talk has been organised in order to mark the publication of the paperback edition of Goodbye Berlin. The evening will feature words from author Margaret M. Dunlop, and Gerald Wiener will reflect upon his experiences as a refugee.

In Goodbye Berlin, Margaret M. Dunlop traces the life of her husband, Gerald Wiener, and explores 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 new millennium.

24th of March 1939 was a poignant day for twelve-year-old Gerald Wiener. He was on a train pulling out of Berlin and he was on his way to the UK to escape persecution in Nazi Germany. He was one of the thousands of unaccompanied children saved by the Kindertransport. Looked after by two sisters in Oxford, his abilities as a scholar became apparent, and from an early age, he was set on the road to academic achievement.

Margaret M. Dunlop is the wife of Gerald Wiener. Born and brought up in Glasgow, she became a teacher, and eventually a head teacher in the Scottish Borders. She met Gerald in Edinburgh and they married in 1985. She is the author of two fiction titles, Marching in Scotland – Dancing in New York and Blind Date in Gibraltar.

Gerald Wiener was born in Berlin. He had a distinguished career as a research scientist in Edinburgh, where he made a genetic discovery that received international recognition. His research department was a centre of excellence, and after he retired, members of his department went on to make an astonishing breakthrough in genetics, the cloning of Dolly the sheep. Gerald also worked to assist agricultural development in China, India, North Korea, Ethiopia, Yemen and Bangladesh. 

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