9780714647975

British Policy and the Refugees, 1933-1941

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  • ISBN13:

    9780714647975

  • ISBN10:

    0714647977

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-09-30
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

In the summer of 1940, when much of Europe had fallen under German domination, the British authorities instigated a harsh programme of internment or deportation of large numbers of people who had fled from Nazi oppression. This volume, written the same year - at a time when the role and the fate of the refugees was a burning issue - is a devastating critique of government policies of the day. As committed Communists the two women authors, like the refugees they were championing, had been badly affected by the hardening in British official policy; they were dismissed from the leading positions they held in the government-sponsored Czech Refugee Trust Fund in an 'apparently isolated instance of victimisation' which 'was subsequently seen to be merely a prelude to the wholesale arrest of the refugees themselves'. This work contrasts the official attitudes to foreigners and Jews with the generosity of the general public, and makes a distinct contribution, firstly, to the literature of internment and deportationand, secondly to the study of German-speaking refugees in Britain in the years leading up to mass alien internment.

Table of Contents

1996 FOREWORD ix(18)
Charmian Brinson
1968 FOREWORD xxvii(4)
INTRODUCTION xxxi
Part One THE REFUGEE ERA 3(72)
EXODUS Who and what the refugees are - Why and how they fled - Regulations governing entry and sojourn
3(32)
THE REFUGEES AND THE BRITISH PUBLIC The right of asylum - Significance of the nationwide network of refugee relief committees - Public responsibility as a substitute for government action
35(12)
THE REFUGEES IN EXILE The principle of refugee representation - French and British pre-Munich attitudes to refugees compared - Types of refugees
47(20)
THE DOORS CLOSE
67(8)
Part Two THE REFUGEE PROBLEM IN WARTIME 75(76)
THE EARLY MONTHS New regulations - The Army and employment - Tribunals - Worsening of conditions
75(24)
THE RIGHT OF ASYLUM LOST Significance of anti-refugee campaign - Internment - Deportations - Releases
99(46)
WHAT USE ARE THE REFUGEES?
145(6)
INDEX 151

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