In June 2021, an open letter was published asking for a blue plaque to commemorate Stefan Zweig’s residence in central London from 1933-39. ‘Afterwardsness: On Being European Anyway’ is a collection of essays which seeks to emulate Zweig’s Erasmian ideal. A copy has been sent to anyone who signed the open letter and asked to receive one or who otherwise supported the campaign.

What sort of an effect must it have on a people not to learn any foreign languages? Presumably an effect rather similar to that which a complete withdrawal from all society has on an individual. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) mathematician, physicist, aphorist, Anglophile.

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