Daniel William Finkelstein, Baron Finkelstein, OBE was born on 30 August 1962, he is a British journalist and politician. He is a former executive editor of The Times and remains a weekly political columnist.

He is a former chairman of Policy Exchange who was succeeded by David Frum in 2014. He is chair of the think tank Onward. He was made a member of the House of Lords in August 2013, sitting as a Conservative.

Who Is Daniel Finkelstein’s Grandfather, Alfred Wiener?

Finkelstein is Jewish; his mother, Mirjam Finkelstein, was a Holocaust survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and his father, Ludwik Finkelstein OBE, was born in Lviv (then in Poland but now in Ukraine) and went on to become a Professor of Measurement and Instrumentation at City University London.

He is the maternal grandson of Dr. Alfred Wiener, the Jewish activist and founder of the Wiener Library. He is the younger brother of Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein CBE FREng, President of City University London, and Tamara Finkelstein, Permanent Secretary in the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs.

He went to University College School, the London School of Economics (BSc, 1984), and City University London for his education (MSc, 1986).

Alfred Wiener (16 March 1885 in Potsdam – 4 February 1964 in London) was a German Jew who spent much of his life researching antisemitism and racism in Germany and Europe, as well as uncovering Nazi crimes. He is well known as the creator and long-term director of the Wiener Library.

Wiener received West Germany’s highest civilian honour, the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, in 1955. (Grosses Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens).


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