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Emigration and refugees

Seminar questions:

What did it entail to emigrate?

What were the most common hurdles for Central European refugees in the 1930s in their arrival countries? What role played gender?

How does the British national master narrative of Nicholas Winton and kindertransporte correlate with the historical research? What do we learn from this about national master narratives?

Core readings:

Kaplan, ch. 5.

selected articles from Sybille Quack, ed. Between Sorrow and Strength: Women Refugees of the Nazi Period (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995).

Rose Holmes and Laura Brade, “Troublesome Sainthood: Nicholas Winton and the Contested History of Child Rescue in Prague, 1938–1940,” History and Memory, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2017), pp. 3-40.

Rose Holmes, Love, labour, loss: women, refugees and the servant crisis in Britain, 1933–1939, Women's History Review, 2017, pp. 288-309.

Extended readings:

David Bankier, Probing the depths of German antisemitism : German society and the persecution of the Jews, 1933-1941 (New York: Berghahn, 2000).

Judith Gerson, "In Cuba I was a German Shepherd: Questions of Comparison and Generelizibility in Holocaust Memoirs," Sociology Confronts the Holocaust. Sociology Confronts the Holocaust, eds. Judith Gerson and Diane Wolf (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007), pp. 115-133.

Francis Nicosia, Nazi Germany and the Arab World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Sybille Quack, ed. Between Sorrow and Strength: Women Refugees of the Nazi Period (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995).

Marion Kaplan, Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosua, 1940-1945 (New York: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2008).

Michael Wildt, Hitler's Volksgemeinschaft and the dynamics of racial exclusion : violence against Jews in provincial Germany, 1919-1939 (New York: Berghahn, 2012).