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.
'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 x 163 mm
Publication: September 30, 2017
Series: Migrations and Identities 8