New Book: Journeys from the Abyss

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Journeys from the Abyss

Tony Kushner

This book explores Jewish refugee movements before, during and after the Holocaust and to place them in a longer history of forced migration from the 1880s to the present. It does not deny that there were particular issues facing the Jews escaping from Nazism, but in this enlightening study the author emphasises that there are longer term trends which shed light on responses to and the experiences of these refugees and other forced migrants.

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.

Click here for Tony Kushner’s author interview on our Jewish History blog

Tony Kushner is Professor of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, Parkes Institute and History Department, University of Southampton.

Migrations and Identities

HB ISBN: 9781786940629

PB ISBN: 9781786940636

October 2017 | 360 pp.

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Migration and the Holocaust 1

Part 1 Gender, Forced Migration, and Testimony:

From ‘White Slavery’ to ‘Trafficking’ via Refugee Domestic Servants

Chapter 1 From the 1880s to 1945 39

Chapter 2 1945 to the Present 96

Part 2 Place, Performance, and Legality:

Holocaust Survivors and Other Migrant Journeys

in the Long Twentieth Century

Chapter 3 The Journeys of Child Refugees, Lost and Rediscovered 157

Chapter 4 The Ship and the Battle over Migrant ‘Illegality’ 223

Conclusion 305

Bibliography 315

Index 336

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