Journeys from the Abyss
The Holocaust and forced migration from the 1880s to the present
Focusing on women, children, and ‘illegal’ boat migrants, the author considers not only British spheres of influence, but also Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, South Asia, Australasia. The approach adopted is historical but incorporates insights from many different disciplines including geography, anthropology, cultural and literary studies and politics. State as well as popular responses are integrated and the voices of the refugees themselves are highlighted throughout. Films, novels, museums and memorials are used alongside more traditional sources, allowing exploration of history and memory. And whilst the importance of comparison underpins this book, it also provides a detailed history of many neglected refugee movements or aspects within them such as gender and childhood.
Written in a lively and committed style, the book is accessible to both a general as well as a specialist audience, and will be of interest to those interested in the Holocaust, migration and generally in the growing crisis of ordinary people forced to move.
Tony Kushner is Professor of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, Parkes Institute and History Department, University of Southampton.
Holocaust Survivors and Other Migrant Journeys in the Long Twentieth Century
'Kushner is an excellent guide to a whole new literature looking at refugees in terms of gender, age and memory. He has read widely and has an eye for the big picture, but he also offers close readings, from book covers to fiction and oral testimony, looking for resonant themes, such as the significance of the journey or a sense of place. Above all, Kushner brings both moral passion and a welcome scepticism to his work. This is an excellent introduction to the new ways in which scholars are thinking about displacement and forced migration, one of the most urgent issues of our own time, but also one with a long and complex history.'
David Herman, Times Literary Supplement
'The book is very strong and its fresh material is communicated in a highly engaging style. It also identifies the commonalities between the experiences of Holocaust survivors and current refugees, thereby rejecting a simplistic binary between earlier flows of people as independent and legal and more recent ones as mendicant and illegal. The point is well taken and, in setting these historical events against contemporary occurrences, Kushner’s intention is to demonstrate the commonalities in the experiences of all refugees.'
Anna Boucher, Times Higher Education
'An extremely well-written, lucidly argued and methodologically innovative study of migration that deserves a large readership, much beyond those interested in Jewish history and the Holocaust. A great contribution of intellectual rigor and moral perspective.'
Prof. Dr. Christian Wiese, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Size: 239 × 163 mm
Publication: September 28, 2017
Series: Migrations and Identities 8