Beginning Over in London and Oxford: Oscar Nemon’s War Years in a New Exhibition on Boars Hill.

For anyone of European and Jewish heritage, the 1940s would prove a harsh and terrifying decade. Even for those lucky enough to reach safety as refugees from Occupied Europe, the losses remained enormous, as the communities and families amongst which they had grown up were destroyed wholesale. This was the case for sculptor Oscar Nemon. He was born in Yugoslavia in 1906, and came to Britain as an émigré from 1936, settling permanently once war was declared in 1939.