The saved and the trapped: refugees and those they left behind

Bill Williams

in Jews and Other Foreigners

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719085499
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703311 | DOI:
The saved and the trapped: refugees and those they left behind

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There are references to the anxieties of unaccompanied child refugees about the fate of their parents. This is, in fact, a theme in refugee history most often marginalised by those who wish to emphasise the humanity of the British state in the rescue of refugees. This chapter measures the concessions government sanctioned against the desperation of those seeking entry from Germany, Austria and, Czechoslovakia after March 1938. From afar, with their family lives already disrupted, child refugees became the vulnerable and inappropriate witnesses to tragic chains of events which they could do little or nothing to control and which overtook parents who persisted, against all the odds, in roles of distant care and in the hope of a future reunion.

Keywords: child refugees; British state; refugee history; Germany; Czechoslovakia; distant care

Chapter.  8866 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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