75 years ago, Anne Frank’s diaries were published into a world that said never again to the genocide that was Nazi Germany’s Final Solution. But today, we see a rise in far right populism in mainstream politics, a rise in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, the demonisation of migrants and what, following the Ukraine conflict, feels like double standards over what is considered a good refugee and those who should be turned away from fortress Europe. 

Professor Matthew Feldman, the director of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and author with Steven Matthews of Fascism’s Cultural Crusader: Ezra Pound and International Fascism, is joined by Simon Parkin, author of The Island of Extraordinary Captives, and Bradford West MP and Shadow Minister (Home Office) Naz Shah to discuss the rise in the far right, its impact on the current refugee crisis and comparing it to how historically refugees have been treated in the UK and abroad.

Anne Frank’s family could have made it to America if they had not been blocked by the tightened immigration controls. Are we making the same mistakes again?


About The Authors

Matthew Feldman

Matthew Feldman is Professor in the Modern History of Ideas at Teesside University, where he also co-directs the Centre for Fascist, Anti-fascist and Post-fascist Studies. He specialises in fascist ideology, far-right cultures in Europe and the US, and ‘lone-wolf’ terrorism, and is widely consulted by media, policing and policy-making bodies.


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Simon Parkin

Simon Parkin is an award-winning British writer and investigative journalist. He is the author of A Game Of  Birds And Wolves, which told the little-known story of a small group of women in Liverpool who devised a war game which went on to be the thing that won the Battle of the Atlantic, and has been bought for film by Steven Spielberg. He lives in West Sussex.

About The Speaker

Naz Shah

Naz Shah is the Member of Parliament for Bradford  West and has been a Member of the Home Affairs select committe e since 2015. Naz is also the Chair of APPG for Islamic finance, former Chair of APPG for Islamophobia & now Vice chair on the APPG for British Muslims, and APPG for Integration.

About The Chair

Jared Shurin

Jared Shurin is the editor of The Outcast Hours, The Djinn Falls in Love, The Lowest Heaven and many other books, including the annual Best of British Fantasy series.