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Conclusion: the victims of Fascism and the liberal city

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719085499.003.0023
Conclusion: the victims of Fascism and the liberal city

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Manchester facilitated the escape of some 8,000 refugees from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, most of them of Jewish origin, but including also Communists, Social Democrats, Liberals, pacifists and Confessional Christians, targeted by the Nazi regime. This chapter suggests that more would have been rescued by Manchester efforts, if the government had yielded earlier to demands for concessions on the right of entry to the victims of Fascism. But the history of refugees is a compound of ‘ifs’. What this book suggests is what was possible within the circumstances and constraints of the time and within the framework of real events and personalities, before the realities of genocide had made themselves known. In retrospect, of course, nothing was ‘enough’.

Keywords: Manchester; genocide; refugee escape; Jews; Nazi regime; refugee history

Chapter.  5676 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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