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Rudi Leavor has led an extraordinary life. As a child, he experienced numerous antisemitic incidents in Berlin before being forced to flee the Gestapo alongside his parents and sister when he was just 11 years old.

Finding refuge in Bradford, Leavor went on to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a successful dentist. He guided the restoration of the city’s Grade II listed Reform Synagogue, and in 2017 was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his extensive work in the local Jewish community and interfaith community relations.

During this eye-opening conversation, Leavor will share aspects of his remarkable life – all of which are featured in his new book, Berlin to Bradford – before answering audience questions.

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About The Author

Rudi Leavor

Rudi Leavor came to Bradford with his parents and younger sister Winnie as a refugee from Nazi Germany in 1937 aged 11,  having been raised in Berlin. He spent his career as a dentist having a successful practice in Heckmondwike, near Batley. He was made President and Chairman of the Bradford Synagogue in 1975, and with the help of the local Muslim community, he led the restoration of the Grade II listed Bradford Reform Synagogue.

About The Chair

Remona Aly

Remona Aly is a journalist and broadcaster. She writes for The Guardian, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Something Understood. She is also an editor and podcast host for various platforms.