The mass migration from German‐speaking lands after 1933 has led to huge research projects, but the fate of the refugees in Britain has for long been neglected. The focus in this article on Wilhelm Sternfeld reveals that his career was exemplary. As a German refugee escaping to London, like so many others, by way of Prague, he became involved in many of the London refugee organizations. After 1945 he helped produce the first bio‐bibliography of exile literature. Exile Studies have been slow to start in Britain, but now Sternfeld's example is being followed at the London Research Centre for Exile Studies.