“A very perfet gentil knight” —Sir Ralf Dahrendorf was born in the Weimar Republic, the son of a Social Democratic deputy in the Reichstag who suffered imprisonment under Hitler; he himself studied and taught at several Western campuses, entered West German political life, and graduated to being a European commissioner in the early 1970s, thence moving to Britain, where he was appointed director of the London School of Economics, ending up as warden of St. Anthony’s College, Oxford,
where he now is.
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