Care and Maintenance

Gerard Daniel Cohen

in In War's Wake

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195399684
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918423 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in International History

Care and Maintenance

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The chapter shows how the DP episode transformed the ideology and practice of modern humanitarianism. Prior to 1945, the alleviation of human suffering was the responsibility of private charitable organizations committed to war-stricken civilian populations. The “relief and rehabilitation” of Europe’s displaced persons was instead a coordinated international operation: traditional charity gave way to a “machinery of international relief to the prominent role played today by the United Nations and Western NGOs in the conduct of humanitarian interventions.

Keywords: Humanitarianism; Francesca Wilson; refugee camps; United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration; International Refugee Organization; Kathryn Hulme

Chapter.  8811 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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