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Harold Evans revisits thalidomide survivors at viewing of new film

Former Sunday Times and Times editor Harold Evans joined thalidomide survivors to show and discuss a new film covering his life at the forefront of British journalism in the 1970s-80s.   
The screening took place during The Thalidomide Society Annual General Meeting on March 6-7 which was held at the Burleigh Court Conference Centre & Hotel, in Loughborough.

Evans and the Insight team of investigative journalists at the Sunday Times were instrumental in uncovering the scandal of the thalidomide medical disaster and its aftermath. Their articles led to a surge of public opinion that spurred hugely improved compensation for the survivors and led to changes in the way drugs were tested.  

The award-winning film - 'Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the last Nazi War Crime' is directed by Jacqui and David Morris. It reveals the murky past of Chemie Grunenthal, developers of thalidomide, and its links with leading Nazis.  

The Thalidomide Society, formed in 1962 by parents of children with congenital disabilities caused by the drug thalidomide, provides a network for the survivors of what is thought to be one of the world's largest medical disasters.  

Ruth Blue, Secretary of The Thalidomide Society, comments: “We were delighted to be joined by Harold Evans who has a long association with The Thalidomide Society and those affected by thalidomide. This is the second year that our Annual General Meeting has been held at Burleigh Court. We have been impressed with the range of accessible rooms there and also with the extremely friendly, professional and flexible attitude of the staff.”

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