Hélène Jeanty-Raven

I opened a copy of the Christ’s College Newsletter this morning and found, to my great surprise, an article about my step grandmother, Hélène Jeanty-Raven, who spent the Second World War incarcerated in a German mental asylum in an attempt, which failed, to secure the release of her husband, Paul. She then spent her life working for international reconciliation, including attending the Nuremberg Trials and, late in her life, corresponding perhaps too warmly with Albert Speer. I had not known that she had established a fund to help impoverished students because I had always understood that she lived on £5,000 pa, having misread the amount which was available to her, which was £50,000 pa. She was in many ways a remarkable woman and I’m pleased to find she is remembered.

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